Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 1936
Games Results Sport Event
Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 1936
#1
Speed Skating 500 metres
#2
Speed Skating 1,500 metres
#1
Speed Skating 5,000 metres
#1
Speed Skating 10,000 metres
Lake Placid 1932 1932
Games Results Sport Event
Lake Placid 1932 1932
#3 h2 r1/2 Speed Skating 1,500 metres
#5 Speed Skating 5,000 metres
#2
Speed Skating 10,000 metres
#DNS Speed Skating 500 metres
St. Moritz 1928 1928
Games Results Sport Event
St. Moritz 1928 1928
#3
Speed Skating 1,500 metres
#1
Speed Skating 5,000 metres

Ivar BALLANGRUD

Norway
Speed skating
Height
180 cm / 5'11''
Birth date
7 Mar 1904 Lunner, Norway
Gender
Male

Number of medals

7 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

3 Olympic Games

Ivar BALLANGRUD biography

Ivar Ballangrud is one of the all-time speed skating greats. In the Olympics, he has won four titles and seven medals in total, the latter record only being matched among male speed skaters by contemporary Clas Thunberg. Ballangrud also won the World Championships four times (1926, 1932, 1936, 1938) - a feat only bettered by two skaters. He was also successful in the European Championships, winning it four times (1929, 1930, 1933, 1936), with his 1930 victory achieved by winning all four distances. Ballangrud was best in the longer distances, and set five world records in distances ranging from 3,000 m to 10,000 m. In 1932, he also clocked a remarkable 16:46.4 in the 10,000 m, which was not recognized as a World Record because it was skated in a North American packstyle race. At home, Ballangrud won five Norwegian titles between 1926 and 1939. Retiring in 1939, Ballangrud attempted a comeback for the 1948 Olympics, but failed.

Ballangrud was born as Ivar Eriksen, but received a new surname when his mother remarried after his father's death. He worked in his own sporting good store in Drammen, and later Trondheim. His home town, Jevnaker, has honoured the speed skater with a statue on the town's market square.

Personal Bests: 500 – 42.7 (1939); 1500 – 2:14.0 (1939); 5000 – 8:17.2 (1936); 10000 – 17:14.4 (1938).

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