Haavard Klemetsen started with Nordic Combined when he was seven years old, supported by his father who accompanied him to most competitions. Haavard has been a member of the World Cup circus since 2003 when he debuted in Oberhof, Germany. Being born in Kautokeino, Norway, he is from the Sami part of the population and became the first Sami to have won the Norwegian championships in 2005.
According to his motto "Better late than never", Haavard achieved his first World Cup win with 32 years when he managed to emerge victorious in a Individual Gundersen competition held in Lillehammer, Norway in 2011 which was his first individual World Cup podium result. Since then, the Norwegian has only gotten stronger and stronger, adding four more podium results and a sensational second place in the premiere edition of the Nordic Combined TRIPLE in Seefeld in 2014. Klemetsen, who has stood on the very top of the podium in team events and Team Sprints significantly more often than in the individuals, crowned his lists of merits with a Team gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.
His hobbies are fishing, soccer, golf, sled driving and telemark skiing.