Linda Medalen (born June 17, 1965) is a Norwegian footballer.

She is one of Norway's most celebrated women footballers, finishing her international career with 152 caps, scoring 64 goals. She was on the Norwegian team that won the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup.

She has played most of her career in Norway with Asker Fotball, and is still active as of 2006, at age 41. She also spent 7 seasons in Japan with Nikko. She started her career as a striker, but as her career progressed, she moved further back on the field, and is now playing in central defense.

Apart from playing football, Linda Medalen works as a police officer. In 2007 she was elected to serve as a local politician in Asker municipality council for the Conservative Party.[1] Medalen is openly lesbian, coming out in a Se og Hør article in June 1999.[2] She is 167 cm (5 ft. 5 in.) tall.


  1. Brevik, Christian. "Disse er klare for Asker kommunestyre", Asker og Bærums Budstikke, 11 September 2007. Retrieved on 2007-09-20. 
  2. Langholm, Dag. "Linda står frem som lesbisk", Verdens Gang, 30 June 1999. Retrieved on 2007-09-20. 

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