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Jan Egil Storholt

Full name: Jan Egil Storholt
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: February 13, 1949 in Meldal, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Affiliations: Sportsklubben Falken, Trondheim (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Jan Egil Storholt was a promising junior skater who won the Norwegian Junior Championships in 1969. He was almost killed in a mining accident the next year, and was told he would probably not skate at a top level again. But Storholt was determined to get back, and by 1972 he had returned to the Norwegian top. When most of the top Norwegian skaters turned professional in 1973, he was suddenly one of the best amateur speed skaters in Norway. But it wasn't until Johs Tenmann started coaching the Norwegian skaters that Storholt achieved international success.

In 1976, Storholt won Olympic gold in the 1,500 m, beating Yury Kondakov narrowly, to become the third member of his Trondheim club Falken to win that title after Hjalmar Andersen and Sverre Farstad. Known as one of the four S'es of Norwegian skating (with Kay Arne Stenshjemmet, Sten Stensen and Amund Sjøbrend), he was European champion in 1977 and 1979 and placed among the top four in seven consecutive European Championships (1975-81). He was the runner-up for the World title on three consecutive occasions, each time beaten only by redoubtable Eric Heiden. In 1977 the conditions were excellent during the country match between the Soviet Union and Norway at Medeo, and Storholt used the opportunity to set two World Records (1,500 m and all-around combination) and recorded five personal bests to climb to the top of the Adelskalender (all-time combined ranking). He was the first to top the Adelskalender with four personal records set in the same tournament.

Personal Bests\: 500 – 38.07 (1977); 1000 – 1:16.77 (1978); 1500 – 1:55.18 (1977); 5000 – 7:01.16 (1977); 10000 – 14:49.26 (1978).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Norway NOR 28 fall
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 1 Gold OR
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Norway NOR 9
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Norway NOR 14
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Norway NOR 17
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Norway NOR 6 OR

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 28 fall 1:18.00 10.40

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 17 1:19.34 18.24 47.22

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 1 OR 1:59.38 25.96 56.33 1:27.11
1980 Winter 30 Lake Placid Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 6 OR 1:57.95 25.38 55.31 1:26.38

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
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 9 7:40.60 20.06 54.66 1:30.70 2:06.38 2:42.24 3:18.50 3:54.83 4:31.68 5:08.79 5:46.19 6:23.54 7:01.81

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
1976 Winter 26 Innsbruck Speed Skating Norway Final Standings 14 16:06.37 39.39 1:16.40 1:54.72 2:32.66 3:11.33 3:49.13 4:26.82 5:04.67 5:43.53 6:21.88 7:00.66 7:39.70 8:18.61 8:57.69 9:37.17 10:16.57 10:56.34 11:35.78 12:15.55 12:54.88 13:34.27 14:13.71 14:52.40 15:29.33
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