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Bernt Evensen

Full name: Bernt Sverre Evensen
Nickname(s): Bæla
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Born: April 18, 1905 in Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Died: August 24, 1979 in Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Affiliations: Oslo SK, Oslo (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Grandfather of Stig Kristiansen.

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

Biography

In 1928, Bernt Evensen became the first Norwegian Olympic speed skating champion, tying for the gold with Clas Thunberg. He added a silver and a bronze in the same tournament to complete his set of medals. A year earlier, Evensen had won both the European and World Championships. He would medal several more times, but would not win another title until 1934, when he won his second world title. At the 1932 Olympics, he was the best European skater, winning a silver medal in the 500 m. Known for his fighting spirit rather than his fast times, Evensen never broke a World Record, yet won four Norwegian championships, including in 1927, giving him the "triple" of Norwegian, European and World titles in a single season. After 1935, he became a member of the workers' sports federation, and competed only in socialist workers' competitions until 1940. Evensen was also a good cyclist, winning 11 Norwegian and 6 Nordic titles on track. He also won the Egebergs Ærespris for his achievements in two different sports. After World War II, Evensen became a coach at the Oslo Skating Club (OSK), while also working for his own transport business.

His grandson Stig Kristiansen won a bronze medal at the World Cycling Championships in 1991 as a member of the Norwegian Time Trial team, and also competed in the 1992 Olympics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.2 (1934); 1500 – 2:20.6 (1928); 5000 – 8:36.7 (1934); 10000 – 17:30.2 (1928).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 1T Gold OR
1928 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 2 Silver
1928 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Norway NOR 3 Bronze
1928 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Norway NOR AC
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 2 Silver
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 3 h1 r1/2
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Norway NOR 6
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Norway NOR 6

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 1T OR 43.4
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Final Round 2
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Round One Heat 2 1 Q 45.3

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 2 2:21.9
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Round One Heat 1 3

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 22 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 3 9:01.1 1:01.0 1:41.0 2:22.0 3:04.4 3:47.2 4:30.2 5:15.0 5:59.3 6:45.0 7:32.0 8:18.0
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Final Round 6
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Round One Heat 2 1 Q 10:01.4

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
1928 Winter 22 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Norway Final Standings AC 18:36.6 46 1:29 2:13 2:56 3:40 4:24 5:09 5:54.5 6:40 7:26 8:12 8:58 9:44 10:29 11:14 11:59 12:44 13:28 14:12 14:57 15:42 16:27 17:12 17:56
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Final Round 6
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Round One Heat 2 3 Q
1932 Winter 26 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Original Round One Heat 2 4
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