Arthur Emil Tokle Sr., an Olympic ski jumper and coach, died on March 3. Cause of death was not released. He was 82.
The Norwegian-born ski jumper donned his first pair of skis when he was only 3 years old. He won his first national championship as a teenager and served in the Kings Guard before immigrating to America in 1947.
A U.S. jumping champion in 1951 and 1953, Tokle competed at the 1952 Olympic Games in Oslo and placed 18th off the large hill. He carried the flag for the U.S. team at the 1958 world championships in Finland, and competed in Squaw Valley, Calif., with the 1960 Olympic team.
After retiring from competition, Tokle served as a U.S. Olympic coach for the 1964 Innsbruck and 1968 Grenoble Winter Games. At the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., Tokle was a technical director of the U.S. team.
Tokle died 60 years to the day after his brother, ski jumping champion Torger Tokle, was killed in action while serving with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division in Italy. Torger was inducted to the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in 1959. Arthur earned his own spot in the Hall of Fame in 1970 and co-authored “The Complete Guide to Cross Country Skiing and Touring” with Martin Luray. He took his last trip down the slopes at 80.
Tokle is survived by Oddfrid, his wife of 56 years, his daughter Vivian Lynch and his son, longtime jumper and ski official Art Tokle Jr.