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Ivar Ballangrud

Full name: Ivar Eugen Ballangrud (Eriksen-)
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Born: March 7, 1904 in Lunner, Oppland, Norway
Died: June 1, 1969 in Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Affiliations: Oslo SK, Oslo (NOR) / Drammens SK, Drammen (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (7 Total)

Biography

Ivar Ballangrud is one of the all-time speed skating greats. In the Olympics, he has won four titles and seven medals in total, the latter record only being matched among male speed skaters by contemporary Clas Thunberg. Ballangrud also won the World Championships four times (1926, 1932, 1936, 1938) - a feat only bettered by two skaters. He was also successful in the European Championships, winning it four times (1929, 1930, 1933, 1936), with his 1930 victory achieved by winning all four distances. Ballangrud was best in the longer distances, and set five world records in distances ranging from 3,000 m to 10,000 m. In 1932, he also clocked a remarkable 16:46.4 in the 10,000 m, which was not recognized as a World Record because it was skated in a North American packstyle race. At home, Ballangrud won five Norwegian titles between 1926 and 1939. Retiring in 1939, Ballangrud attempted a comeback for the 1948 Olympics, but failed.

Ballangrud was born as Ivar Eriksen, but received a new surname when his mother remarried after his father's death. He worked in his own sporting good store in Drammen, and later Trondheim. His home town, Jevnaker, has honoured the speed skater with a statue on the town's market square.

Personal Bests: 500 – 42.7 (1939); 1500 – 2:14.0 (1939); 5000 – 8:17.2 (1936); 10000 – 17:14.4 (1938).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 3 Bronze
1928 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Norway NOR 1 Gold
1932 Winter 27 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 3 h2 r1/2
1932 Winter 27 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Norway NOR 5
1932 Winter 27 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Norway NOR 2 Silver
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 1 Gold =OR
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 2 Silver OR
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Norway NOR 1 Gold OR
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Norway NOR 1 Gold OR

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 1 =OR 43.4

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1928 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 3 2:22.6
1932 Winter 27 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Round One Heat 2 3
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 2 OR 2:20.2 28.5 1:04.0 1:41.0

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1928 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 1 8:50.5 1:03.3 1:45.0 2:25.4 3:08.0 3:50.1 4:33.0 5:16.2 5:59.3 6:41.2 7:24.2 8:08.0
1932 Winter 27 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Final Round 5
1932 Winter 27 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Round One Heat 1 3 Q
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 1 OR 8:19.6 59 1:37 2:16 2:57 3:37 4:17 4:57 5:38 6:19 6:59 7:39

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1932 Winter 27 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Final Round 2
1932 Winter 27 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Round One Heat 1 2 Q
1932 Winter 27 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Original Round One Heat 1 4
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 1 OR 17:24.3 43.0 1:23.0 2:04.0 2:45.0 3:25.0 4:06.0 4:48.0 5:30.0 6:11.5 6:53.5 7:35.0 8:18.0 9:00.0 9:41.0 10:23.0 11:05.0 11:46.5 12:27.5 13:09.0 13:51.5 14:34.0 15:17.0 15:59.0 16:42.0