Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Lillehammer 1994
Games Results Sport Event
Lillehammer 1994
#1
Speed Skating 1,500 metres
#1
Speed Skating 5,000 metres
#1
Speed Skating 10,000 metres
Albertville 1992
Games Results Sport Event
Albertville 1992
#1
Speed Skating 1,500 metres
#7 Speed Skating 5,000 metres
#2
Speed Skating 10,000 metres

Johann Olav KOSS

Norway
Speed skating
Height
189 cm / 6'2''
Weight
77 kg / 169 pounds
Birth date
29 Oct 1968 Drammen, Norway
Gender
Male

Number of medals

5 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

2 Olympic Games

Johann Olav KOSS biography

Johann Olav Koss was the winner of the 1,500 metres, 5,000 metres, and 10,000 metres speed skating events at the 1994 Winter Games, setting an Olympic record in each event, capped by a world record of 13:30.55 in the 10,000 metres. He had earlier won Olympic gold in the 1,500 metres and silver in the 10,000 metres in 1992. In 1994, he donated the cash bonus from his first gold medal (approximately $30,000) to Olympic Aid for Sarajevo. He also auctioned off his speed skates, raising another $85,000 for the war victims in Sarajevo. Koss was world all-around champion in 1990, 1991, and 1994, and was also World Cup champion in the 1,500 metres in 1990-91 and at the distance events in 1991. Koss retired after the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and, like his predecessor, Eric Heiden, attended medical school (in Australia). However, he later become a leader of the IOC Athletes Commission, and spends much of his time promoting Olympic Aid for developing nations.

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.98 (1994); 1000 – 1:14.9 (1993); 1500 – 1:51.29 (1994); 5000 – 6:34.96 (1994); 10000 – 13:30.55 (1994).

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