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Rolf Falk-Larssen

Full name: Rolf Falk-Larssen
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: February 21, 1960 in Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Affiliations: Trondheims SK, Trondheim (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Rolf Falk-Larssen was one of the best Norwegian speed skaters in the early 1980s. After a promising start to the 1981 season, but broke his arm just before Christmas, but in 1982 had a great international début. He seemed to have the European title in his pocket with one lap to go. He was paired with his closest competitor, Tomas Gustafson of Sweden, and even though Falk-Larssen set a new Norwegian Record (14:30.34), Gustafson set a new World Record (14:23.59) and with an extraordinary finish defeated Falk-Larssen by a mere 0.021 points.

After another duel with Tomas Gustafson, Falk-Larssen became World Champion in 1983. He actually had more points than the second-ranked skater, but is the only skater in speed skating history to have won using the since abandoned rule that declared any skater to win three out of four distances to be the champion. But Falk-Larssen did not receive the cheering deserving of a World Champion. He didn't have the power to skate his 10,000 m at top speed, and the home crowd at Bislett expressed their disapproval by booing him. Falk-Larssen placed second in the 1984 European Championships, but had little success in the Olympics three weeks later. After this he never again mounted the podium in international championships. He again qualified for the Olympic Winter Games in 1988, again without any success. Rolf Falk-Larssen won a Norwegian title on eight occasions\\: five times allround (1982-85, 1988), 1,000 m (1988) and 1,500 m (1988, 1993).

Two of Falk-Larssen’s daughters, Mia and June, have medalled at Norwegian figure skating championships, while his son Svein-Petter plays ice hockey at a national level. The family settled in Trondheim, where he worked as a sales manager for Storebrand, an insurance company.

Personal Bests\\: 500 – 37.88 (1988); 1000 – 1:15.42 (1988); 1500 – 1:54.26 (1987); 5000 – 6:50.93 (1988); 10000 – 14:30.34 (1982).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 23
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 17
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Norway NOR 15
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Norway NOR 26
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 21
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Norway NOR 12

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 23 39.57 10.53

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 26 1:15.42 17.80 46.16

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 17 2:01.65 25.50 55.84 1:27.78
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 21 1:55.94 25.15 54.15 1:24.63

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1984 Winter 23 Sarajevo Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 15 7:25.54 19.47 51.80 1:25.54 1:59.72 2:33.69 3:08.01 3:42.18 4:16.99 4:52.67 5:29.52 6:07.37 6:45.51
1988 Winter 27 Calgary Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 12 6:54.37 19.34 50.56 1:22.72 1:55.24 2:27.89 3:00.59 3:33.66 4:06.50 4:39.48 5:12.71 5:46.31 6:20.19
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