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Karl Magnus Satre

Hall of Fame Class of 1963

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Karl Satre, best known as a cross-country competitor, was also a proficient ski jumper. He won several national cross-country championships and was named to two Olympic Teams: one for Norway and one for the United States.

Karl Magnus Satre was born on February 6, 1904 in Trysil, Norway, the older brother of the Honored Member, Paul Ottar Satre. Like nearly all Norwegian youngsters he was on skis from the time he was able to walk. He was very proficient at both cross-country skiing and jumping, although better known for cross-country. In 1927 he was a member of the Norwegian Military cross-country team and finished second in the 30K cross-country race at the Holmenkollen. He was selected for the 1928 Norwegian Olympic Team but did not compete because he had immigrated to the United States in the fall of 1927.
Satre settled in the Salisbury, Connecticut area and began to compete on the national level the following year. In 1928 he won both the National Ski Association national cross-country 18K championship at Red Wing, Minnesota and the United States Eastern Amateur Association cross-country title. He earned the national and eastern titles again in 1929 and 1930. In 1931 he won both the 10-mile and 32-mile United States Eastern Amateur titles at Lake Placid, New York.

In 1932 Karl Magnus Satre, not yet a United States citizen, competed in the Olympics at Lake Placid, New York for his native Norway. In 1932 he again won the National Ski Association national cross-country title at Salisbury, Connecticut in both the 10-mile and 32-mile races as well as the National Ski Association Nordic combined title.

Satre won the United States Eastern Amateur Ski Association cross-country and nordic combined titles in 1935 at Rumford, Maine.

Now a United States citizen, Satre represented his adopted country as a member of the U.S. Olympic Nordic Team at the 1936 Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Besides being an outstanding competitor, Karl Magnus Satre was very interested in the youngsters of the Salisbury area and he and his brother, Ottar, spent countless hours working with them. His brother, Paul Ottar Satre, is also an Honored Member of the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and his older brother, John, was the 1927 National Ski Association 18K champion.

Karl Magnus Satre was elected to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1963.

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