Morgedal is a small community in Telemark, Norway. It goes by the nick name "the cradle of skiing".

In Norway the use of skis early became a necessity due to the rough geography and harsh winters. A rock engraving from Nordland, "Rødøy-mannen" (the "Red Island Man"), seems to suggest that Norwegians were skiing as long back as 4,000 years ago. In Norse mythology the songs tell about skiing and hunting.

Sondre Norheim from Morgedal revolutionized both the skis and the interests therein during the years 1870 to 1880. He also invented the bindings that hold the feet onto the skis, making it possible to jump and turn without dropping the skis. He is also the mind behind the "concave" shape (i.e. a bit narrower near the center) of modern skis.

Therefore, it came quite natural to choose Morgedal as the starting point of the Olymipic flame when the Winter Olympics were held in Lillehammer in 1994.

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