Hjalmar Andersen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameHjalmar Johan•Andersen
Used nameHjalmar•Andersen
Born12 March 1923 in Rødøy, Nordland (NOR)
Died27 March 2013 in Oslo, Oslo (NOR)
Measurements75 kg
AffiliationsSportsklubben Falken, Trondheim (NOR)
NOC Norway
Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3


Hjallis Andersen of Norway became one of the few men to win three speedskating gold medals at one Olympic Winter Games, when, in 1952, he triumphed in the three long races (1,500 metres, 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres) in front of a home crowd. His winning margin in the 5,000 metres was an astounding 11 seconds and he also won the 10,000 metres by a substantial margin. His Olympic speed skating career began with a rather inauspicious début, as he failed to finish the 10,000 metres in 1948, the only event in which he competed that year. He retired after the 1952 Games but returned to competition in 1954 to win his fourth Norwegian title, having earlier won the World, European and Norwegian all-around titles in 1950-52. Andersen competed at the 1956 Olympic Games, finishing 11th in the 5,000 and 6th in 10,000, but then retired for good. His strength was as a distance skater, and he won the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres at the World Championships from 1950-52 consecutively. He set one world record at 5,000 metres and three at 10,000 metres, becoming the first skater to beat 17 minutes over 10 km in 1949. Also a good cyclist, Andersen was awarded the 1951 Egebergs Ærespris for accomplishments in multiple sports. Andersen died at the age of 90, following a serious fall in his home.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.7 (1951); 1500 – 2:16.4 (1949); 5000 – 8:06.5 (1956); 10000 – 16:32.6 (1952).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NOR Hjalmar Andersen
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNF
1952 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NOR Hjalmar Andersen
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1956 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NOR Hjalmar Andersen
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 11
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 6

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1952 Winter Olympics 17 February 1952 Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres, Men Final Standings 8:10.6 1
1952 Winter Olympics 19 February 1952 Speed Skating (Skating) 10,000 metres, Men Final Standings 16:45.8 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1952 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony NOR Hjalmar Andersen

Olympic family relations

Special Notes