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Hans Engnestangen

Full name: Hans Engnestangen
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Born: March 28, 1908 in Brandbu, Gran, Oppland, Norway
Died: May 9, 2003 in Jevnaker, Oppland, Norway
Affiliations: Hamar IL, Hamar (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Hans Engnestangen was a short distance specialist, and his famous world records for 500 metres (41.8 in 1938) and 1,500 metres (2:13.8 in 1939) remained unbeaten for 14 and 12 years. In the years 1928-1930 he belonged to the Worker’s Sport Association, and was Norwegian Worker's champion those three seasons. Aged 19, he won both the 500 and 1,500 distances at the international Winter Spartakiad in Oslo, Norway. In 1931 he changed associations, and was World All-Round Champion in 1933. In 1935 Engnestangen won the silver medal at the European Championships, and in 1935 was third at the World Championships. He won the 500 metre race six times in international championships, but had less success at the Winter Olympics. In 1932 he was fourth at the 500 metres in the Lake Placid packstyle speed skating, and four years later, as one of the favorites, fell during his 500. Engnestangen was Norwegian champion in 1937 and 1938. During World War II he chose to participate in events controlled by the German occupants. In 1942 he was a member of the Norwegian team who skated a country match against Nazi Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria. He also served as a mayor of his local municipality during the war, and when the war was over he was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for collaborating with the Nazis. Engnestangen died in 2003, aged 95.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.8 (1938); 1500 – 2:13.8 (1939); 5000 – 8:31.3 (1934); 10000 – 18:06.9 (1933).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 5 h3 r1/2
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 4 h1 r1/2
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Norway NOR 6 h2 r1/2
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR AC DNF
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 8

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Round One Heat 3 5
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Norway Final Standings AC DNF

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Round One Heat 1 4
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 8 2:23.0 29.0 1:05.5 1:43.0

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Round One Heat 2 6
1932 Winter 23 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Original Round One Heat 2 5