Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936
Games Results Sport Event
Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936
#9 Speed Skating 5,000 metres
#10 Speed Skating 10,000 metres
Lake Placid 1932
Games Results Sport Event
Lake Placid 1932
#3 h3 r1/2 Speed Skating 1,500 metres
#6 h1 r1/2 Speed Skating 5,000 metres
#AC h1 r1/2 Speed Skating 10,000 metres
#DNS Speed Skating 500 metres
St. Moritz 1928
Games Results Sport Event
St. Moritz 1928
#7 Speed Skating 5,000 metres


Speed skating
178 cm / 5'10''
Birth date
2 Jun 1908 Tingelstad, Norway

Number of medals

0 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

3 Olympic Games

Michael STAKSRUD biography

Although a world class skater for over a decade, Michael Staksrud failed to do himself justice at the Olympic Games, despite competing in 1928, 1932 and 1936. His best Olympic result was a seventh place at 5,000 metres at the 1928 Olympic Winter Games. At the time he was ill and had to withdraw from further participation in St. Moritz. Staksrud was Norwegian Champion in 1932 and 1934, European Champion in 1934 and 1937 and World Champion in 1930, 1935 and 1937. He died under tragic circumstances in November 1940. His death caused much speculation, since some of his family members were involved with the Germans, who were then occupying Norway, but apparently his death was an accident. Walking in the dark at night, he fell down a cliff and into Gjersjøen Lake. His head hit a stone and he drowned, never regaining consciousness, with his body found the next day. His elder brother Paul Staksrud, also a speed skater in his youth, was found shot to death early in 1945. He was a Nazi party member, and most probably was assassinated by the Norwegian resistance movement.

Personal Bests: 500 – 42.8 (1937); 1500 – 2:14.4 (1939); 5000 – 8:19.9 (1933); 10000 – 17:23.2 (1928).