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The memorial stone in Morgedal was unveiled June 10, 1925, 100 years after Sondre’s birth.

Photo by Eivind Molde

The stone on Sondre's grave at Norway Lutheran Church Cemetery south of Denbigh, North Dakota.

Photo by Eivind Molde

The stone with a memorial plaque was unveiled June 12, 1966. The plaque was made by Ulefos Jernværk, Telemark.

Photo by Eivind Molde

The memorial plaque was repainted in 2005. Norway Lutheran Church can be seen to the left.

Photo by Fredrik Pedersen

The Sondre grave as it looks after the memorial plaque was repainted.

Photo by Fredrik Pedersen

The Rannei Åmundsdotter Memorial Marker.

The marker for Rannei, Sondre's wife, was dedicated at the gravesite September 30, 2008. Telelaget of America was a major contributor for the marker. The other contributors were one great, grand nephew, two great, grand nieces and one cousin.

Photo by David Gunderson

Sondre's grave with the gravestone and the Rannei Åmundsdotter Memorial Marker.

Photo by David Gunderson

The statues of Sondre were created by sculptor Knut Skinnarland of Rauland, Telemark.

The statue in Minot, North Dakota is located in the Scandinavian Heritage Park.

Photo by Craig Nansen

The statue of Norwegian-born skier Casper Oimoen can be seen in the middle - the Sondre statue to the right.

Photo by Craig Nansen

The Minot statue was unveiled October 16, 1987.

Photo by Eivind Molde

Located in the centre of the village where Sondre was born, the statue in Morgedal was unveiled at January 16, 1988.

The statue is placed right in front of the Norwegian Ski Adventure Centre (Norsk Skieventyr).

Photo by Eivind Molde

Identical statues in Minot and Morgedal were funded by people of North Dakota and Telemark.

Photo by Eivind Molde

The 2.5-meter tall statues are made of bronze.

Photo by Eivind Molde

In Morgedal, Sondre can "look back" to his birthplace, Øverbø, which can be seen on the left side of his left foot.

Photo by Eivind Molde

This is Høydalsmo, and in these hills a well known ski jumping competition was held in 1866.

Sondre won the competition here in 1866 – and received an extra prize for spectacular performance.

Photo by Eivind Molde

In 1966, as ski enthusiasts in Telemark celebrated the 100-year anniversary of this event, a memorial stone was erected close to highway E 134.

Photo by Eivind Molde


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