Full name: Roar GrÃ¸nvold
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: March 19, 1946 in Hvittingfoss, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway
Affiliations: TÃ¸nsbergs Turnforening, TÃ¸nsberg (NOR)
Sport: Speed Skating
Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)
Roar GrÃ¸nvold became Norwegian junior champion in 1963, but didn't breakthrough with the seniors until 1968, when he rather anonymously placed 13th in the Olympic 500 m. After being runner-up at the Norwegian Championships twice in a row, GrÃ¸nvold had his major breakthrough in 1972. Had it not been for [Ard Schenk] he would have been the best skater of the year. He finished second in every major championship, always behind Schenk\: 2nd at the European Championships, 2nd at the World Championships and 2nd at the Olympic 1,500 and 5,000 metres. GrÃ¸nvold was victorious at the 1972 Norwegian Championships. The next season, he joined Schenk in the newly founded pro speed skating league, where he achieved two second places and a third in the championships before the league folded and GrÃ¸nvold's career ended. He then turned to coaching, among others leading Norway's junior squad for two periods. He also worked as a football trainer for several clubs in Norway's lower leagues. Roar GrÃ¸nvold later worked as a physiotherapist.
Personal Bests\: 500 â 39.3 (1972); 1000 â 1:21.32 (1972); 1500 â 2:01.45 (1972); 5000 â 7:22.55 (1972); 10000 â 15:19.98 (1972).
|1968 Winter||21||Grenoble||Speed Skating||Men's 500 metres||Norway||NOR||13T|
|1972 Winter||25||Sapporo||Speed Skating||Men's 1,500 metres||Norway||NOR||2||Silver|
|1972 Winter||25||Sapporo||Speed Skating||Men's 5,000 metres||Norway||NOR||2||Silver|
|1968 Winter||21||Grenoble||Speed Skating||Norway||Final Standings||13T||41.1||10.8|
|1972 Winter||25||Sapporo||Speed Skating||Norway||Final Standings||2||2:04.26||26.19||57.77||1:30.67|
|1972 Winter||25||Sapporo||Speed Skating||Norway||Final Standings||2||7:28.18||20.25||54.71||1:29.28||2:05.23||2:40.63||3:16.28||3:51.96||4:27.83||5:03.63||5:39.94||6:16.12||6:52.42|