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Alv Gjestvang

Full name: Alv Gjestvang
Gender: Male
Born: September 13, 1937 in Skreia, Østre Toten, Oppland, Norway
Affiliations: Skreia IL, Skreia (NOR) / Oslo IL, Oslo (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Alv Gjestvang was a sprinter in an era where separate sprinting competitions were non-existent. On two occasions, Gjestvang qualified for the World Championships, placing third in the 500 m in both 1956 and 1959. His best results, however, came at the Olympics. At the Cortina Games, the 18-year-old prevented an all-Soviet podium by winning the bronze. Eight years later, he was involved in a three-way tie for silver, skating the fastest race of his life with 40.6. At the Norwegian Championships, Gjestvang never qualified for the final distance, but collected six distance wins in the 500 m between 1959 and 1965. He later ran a barbershop in Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Olympics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.6 (1964); 1500 – 2:14.2 (1960); 5000 – 8:35.1 (1958); 10000 – 18:19.2 (1958).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 18 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 3 Bronze
1960 Winter 22 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 6
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 2T Silver

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Winter 18 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 3 41.0
1960 Winter 22 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 6 40.8
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 2T 40.6
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