History of Alf Engen, Utah

Hi - In doing some research on Alf Engen, I have the pleasure of studying some of the information and articles about this ski legend. As I am from his municipality, I will just point out an erronous detail given about him. Alf was born at Mjøndalen, later well known for its soccer and bandy merits. It was after his father,Trond, died in the Spanish flue epidemics in 1918 ( Alf 9) that his mother and two younger brothers were taken care of by an aunt at Steinberg, which is a smaller place just a couple of kilometers up the river. A small road in Mjøndalen, in the area where Alf was born, has been named after one of his predecessors, Anton Engen. Of course, this might be completely uninteresting to most Americans, but to us local guys, it does matter. My statement can be confirmed in Alan K. Engen's book : "For the love of skiing."

It's great for all ski (and sport) lovers in Nedre Eiker (the municipality) to see that an Engen Museum is being erected, at the same time thinking of the coming Winter Olympic games taking place in Alf's winter paradise in Utah.

Arve Somdahl

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