Dale of Norway at the Olympics, Chapter 1 "The First Official Olympic Sweater"

by Walter Hanson

Dale of Norway has had a long and storied history with the Olympics, the Norwegian Ski Team and the World Cup.  However all stories have a "Beginning".  This starts in 1956 with the Cortina Olympics.  Previous to this time various individual Ski Clubs in Norway would send participants in the Olympics for Norway.  Teams from the West Coast Bergen area generally had sweaters designed for them by Dale to designate each Team.  There was No Official Olympic Norwegian Team Sweater.  That all changed in 1956 when Norway formed a national Olympic Committee that unified all the participants in the Olympic Games.  

To Celebrate the fact that it was finally One Norwegian Olympic Team representing all of Norway the athletes themselves decided to select Dale to design and provide their Sweaters.  The Cortina Sweater is the "Very First Olympic Team Sweater" to be Officially worn by a team in the Winter Olympic Games.  

From that day forward Dale of Norway has been the Official Olympic Sweater provider to all the Norwegian Olympic Teams.  No other company has such a tradition and it is why Dale has also been the Official Olympic Provider for several of the Winter Olympics as well as for the Norwegian Olympic Team. 

To honor and celebrate that First Olympic Team Sweater that was worn at the Cortina Olympics in 1956 Dale has created a special Cortina Celebration Collection for this year.  The Collection gives us the chance to experience this historic sweater in its original version as well as in several lighter weight comfort Merinos.  


Cortina Original 1956 Crew Neck Sweater. 

This is the Original Version that was made for the 1956 Cortina Olympics and worn by the Norwegian Team. 

  • 4 ply Norwegian Wool
  • Commemorative 1956 Cortina patch
  • Cortina Story on Special Hang Tag
  • Unisex Sizing:  XSml through XXLge (Ladies go down a size)

Cortina Original 1956 Crew Neck Sweater, (92521), $319


Cortina 1956 1/4 Zip Neck Sweater.

This is the Original Version that was made for the 1956 Cortina Olympics and worn by the Norwegian Team, but updated with a 1/4 Zip Comfort Neck.

  • 4 ply Norwegian Wool
  • Commemorative 1956 Cortina patch
  • Cortina Story on Special Hang Tag
  • Unisex Sizing: XSml through XXLge (Ladies go down a size)

Cortina 1956 1/ Zip Neck Sweater, (93561), $359


Cortina Full Zip Cardigan Sweater.

This is based on the Original Version that was made for the 1956 Cortina Olympics and worn by the Norwegian Team, but updated in Merino Wool as a Full Zip Cardigan.

  • 3 ply Merino Wool
  • Commemorative 1956 Cortina patch
  • Cortina Story on Special Hang Tag
  • Sizing: Men's - Sml through XXLge  Ladies - Sml through XLge

Cortina Men's Full Zip Cardigan Sweater, (83321), $349

Cortina Women's Full Zip Cardigan Sweater, (83311), $349


Cortina 1/4 Zip Neck Sweater.

This is based on the Original Version that was made for the 1956 Cortina Olympics and worn by the Norwegian Team, but updated in Merino Wool as a 1/4 Zip Pullover Sweater.

  • 3 ply Merino Wool
  • Commemorative 1956 Cortina patch
  • Cortina Story on Special Hang Tag
  • Sizing: Men's - Sml through XXLge Ladies - Sml through XLge

Cortina Men's 1/4 Zip Neck Sweater, (93821), $329

Cortina Women's Full Zip Cardigan Sweater, (93811), $329


Cortina Basic Sweater.

This is based on the Original Version that was made for the 1956 Cortina Olympics and worn by the Norwegian Team, but updated in Super Fine Merino Wool for Summer as a Full Zip Cardigan in Ladies, and a 1/4 Neck Sweater in Men's.

  • 1 ply Merino Wool
  • Commemorative 1956 Cortina patch
  • Cortina Story on Special Hang Tag
  • Sizing: Men's - Sml through XXLge Ladies - Sml through XLge

Cortina Basic Men's 1/4 Zip Sweater, (93531), $249

Cortina Basic Women's Full Zip Cardigan Sweater, (83261), $249


Cortina Children's Crew Neck Sweater.

This is based on the Original Version that was made for the 1956 Cortina Olympics and worn by the Norwegian Team, but updated in Merino Wool.

  • 3 ply Merino Wool
  • Commemorative 1956 Cortina patch
  • Cortina Story on Special Hang Tag
  • Sizing:2 through 12

Cortina Children's Crew Neck Sweater, (92991), $179


Cortina Original 1956 Hat.

This is the Original Version that was made for the 1956 Cortina Olympics and worn by the Norwegian Team.

  • 4 ply Norwegian Wool
  • Lined in Super Fine Merino Wool for comfort
  • Commemorative 1956 Cortina patch
  • Cortina Story on Special Hang Tag
  • One Size

Cortina Original 1956 Hat, (42261), $75


Cortina Original 1956 Headband.

This is the Original Version that was made for the 1956 Cortina Olympics and worn by the Norwegian Team.

  • 4 ply Norwegian Wool
  • Lined in Super Fine Merino Wool for comfort
  • Commemorative 1956 Cortina patch
  • Cortina Story on Special Hang Tag
  • One Size

Cortina Original 1956 Headband, (25014), $60

Cortina Hat.

This is based the Original Version that was made for the 1956 Cortina Olympics and worn by the Norwegian Team, but has been redesigned with Merino Wool.

  • 3 ply Merino Wool
  • Lined in Super Fine Merino Wool for comfort
  • Commemorative 1956 Cortina patch
  • Cortina Story on Special Hang Tag
  • One Size

Cortina Hat, (48211), $70

Cortina Headband.

This is based the Original Version that was made for the 1956 Cortina Olympics and worn by the Norwegian Team, but has been redesigned with Merino Wool.

  • 3 ply Merino Wool
  • Lined in Super Fine Merino Wool for comfort
  • Commemorative 1956 Cortina patch
  • Cortina Story on Special Hang Tag
  • One Size

Cortina Headband, (26021), $60