Full name: Reidar Kristofer Liaklev
Born: July 15, 1917 in Jaren, Gran, Oppland, Norway
Died: March 1, 2006 in Jaren, Gran, Oppland, Norway
Affiliations: Brandbu IF, Brandbu (NOR)
Sport: Speed Skating
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
One of Norway's top junior skaters before World War II, Reidar Liaklev had become one of the best long distance skaters in the World by the time international speed skating resumed fully in 1947. At the 1947 World Championships, he won the 10,000 m, and the next year he took the Olympic 5,000 m as well as the European title at Hamar. In 1949, Liaklev grabbed the Norwegian title, but did not medal internationally. His last international success came in 1950, winning the silver medal at the European Championships. Reidar Liaklev worked as a post master in his home village of Jaren, where he also served on the community council and was a well-known beekeeper. Liaklev's name lived on after his skating career, due to the radio quote "two seconds] behind Liaklev", originating from the 1947 World Championships, where eventual winner [Lassi Parkkinen was 2 seconds behind his 10,000 m time for most of the race.
Personal Bests: 500 – 44.0 (1949); 1500 – 2:16.6 (1949); 5000 – 8:18.0 (1950); 10000 – 17:24.9 (1948).
|1948 Winter||30||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Men's 5,000 metres||Norway||NOR||1||Gold|
|1948 Winter||30||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Men's 10,000 metres||Norway||NOR||AC||DNF|
|1948 Winter||30||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Norway||Final Standings||1||8:29.4||1:03||1:43||2:22||3:01||3:41||4:22||5:03||5:44||6:25||7:06||7:48|