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Frode Rønning

Full name: Frode Rønning
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: July 7, 1959 in Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Affiliations: Leinstrand Idrettslag/Ask Skøyteklubb, Oslo
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

One of the world's best sprinters in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Frode Rønning's first international medal came in 1978. Behind the unbeatable Eric Heiden, he claimed silver in the World Sprint Championships. He would make the podium three more times, earning bronze in 1979 and 1982. He clinched the title in 1981, largely on account of a great first 500 m, which also earned him the Oscar Mathisen Award for that year. At the 1980 Olympics, Rønning tied with USSR opponent Vladimir Lobanov for third in the 1,000 m. From 1983 on, Rønning's star slowly faded, although he competed at an international level through the 1989 season. He has sixteen Norwegian titles under his belt, nine sprint titles (1978-1982, 1985-89), three 500 m titles (1987-89), two 1,000 m titles (1987, 1989) and two relay titles (1987, 1989). He later coached the Norwegian national sprint team.

Personal Bests\: 500 – 37.31 (1988); 1000 – 1:15.14 (1983); 1500 – 1:59.82 (1980); 5000 – 8:04.01 (1979).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 4
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Norway NOR 3T Bronze
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 7
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Norway NOR 14
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 10
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Norway NOR 25

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 4 38.66 10.32
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 7 38.58 10.35
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 10 37.31 10.03

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1980 Winter 20 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 3T 1:16.91 17.62 46.00
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 14 1:18.64 17.55 46.67
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 25 1:15.39 17.37 45.04
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