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Harald Strøm

Full name: Harald Aleksander Strøm
Gender: Male
Born: October 14, 1897 in Horten, Vestfold, Norway
Died: December 25, 1977 in Borre, Horten, Vestfold, Norway
Affiliations: Hortens Skøyteklubb
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Harald Strøm was World Champion in 1922 and European Champion in 1923. In 1921 he was the first skater to better 8:30 in the 5,000 m, clocking 8:27.7 in a famous duel with Clas Thunberg on the Frogner ice rink in Oslo. During the 1922 World Championships, at the same track, he improved his own world record to 8:26.5, a record which would stand for seven years. Harald Strøm was one of the big favorites before the 1924 Olympic speed skating events, but got the flu after the Opening Ceremony in which he carried the Norwegian flag. In spite of that he started in all four distances, but was outside the medals with fourth place in the allround competition as his best Olympic placing.

Strøm was also an excellent football player, winning two Norwegian Championships with his club Ørn Horten in 1920 and 1927, and playing 16 matches for the Norwegian national side. In 1921 Harald Strøm was awarded the Egebergs Ærespris, a prestigious Norwegian award given to athletes who have excelled in more than one sport.

Personal Bests: 500 – 45.2 (1922); 1500 – 2:24.2 (1923); 5000 – 8:26.5 (1922); 10000 – 17:32.8 (1921).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 8T
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 5
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Norway NOR 5 OR
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Norway NOR 5 OR
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's Allround Norway NOR 4

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 8T 45.6

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 5 2:29.0

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
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 5 OR 8:54.6 23 1:03 1:43 2:24 3:06 3:47 4:30 5:14 5:59 6:42 7:25 8:10

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 5 OR 18:18.6 47 1:29 2:11 2:52 3:36 4:20 5:03 5:47 6:31 7:14 7:59 8:42 9:27 10:11 10:55 11:39 12:23 13:07 13:52 14:36 15:20 16:05 16:51 17:35

Men's Allround

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS TP T
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 4 17 203.66
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Norway 500 metres 6 45.6
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Norway 5,000 metres 5 8:54.6
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Norway 1,500 metres 5 2:29.0
1924 Winter 26 Chamonix Speed Skating Norway 10,000 metres 4 18:18.6