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Oskar Olsen

Full name: Oskar Victor Olsen
Gender: Male
Born: October 17, 1897 in Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Died: December 28, 1956 in Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Affiliations: Oslo SK, Oslo (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

The son of Swedish immigrants, Oskar Olsen became Norway's first medallist at the Winter Olympics by winning the silver medal in the 500 m behind Charley Jewtraw. Primarily known as a sprinter - he regularly placed among the top three in that event in international tournaments - Olsen occasionally did well in the longer distances too. This earned him a bronze medal at the 1924 and 1925 European Championships. His best placing in the World Championships was 7th, in 1923. At the 1923 Norwegian nationals, he came in third, while winning his the 500 m in 1926. Olsen retired after the 1928 season, to become a sportswriter for *Sportsmanden*. He later also became president of the Norwegian Skating Federation (NSB), first briefly in 1931, and again from 1949 until 1952. Oskar's brother, Henning, was also a speed skater, who placed third in the 1911 World Championships and won the Norwegian title that same year.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.0 (1925); 1500 – 2:27.0 (1924); 5000 – 8:54.9 (1924); 10000 – 18:12.7 (1924).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 2 Silver OR
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 6
1928 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 9

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 2 OR 44.2 10.8
1928 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 9 44.7

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 6 2:29.2