Geir Karlstad

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGeir•Karlstad
Used nameGeir•Karlstad
Born7 July 1963 in Lørenskog, Viken (NOR)
Measurements190 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsASK, Oslo (NOR) / Lillestrøm SK, Lillestrøm (NOR)
NOC Norway
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2


Geir Karlstad got his career off to a promising start by winning the 1982 World Junior Championships. Being a long distance specialist, he would never be a close contender for allround championships, although he did finish 3rd in both the European and World Championships of 1989. In 1986, Karlstad first bettered a world record, which he would do four more times. At the test competitions for the Calgary Olympics, Karlstad became the first skater to beat 14 minutes over 10,000 m, having bettered the 5K world record two days prior. Unfortunately, he was unable to replicate these performances at the Games, placing 7th in the 5,000 m and falling in the longest event. Olympic glory came four years later, however, when Karlstad easily won the 5,000 m and placed third in the 10,000 m. A back injury led him to end his career, during which he had won two Norwegian allround titles (1989-90), 17 World Cup races, two long distances World Cups (1987, 1992), and the 1986 Oscar statue for outstanding speed skating performance. From 1998 through 2002, Karlstad served as the head coach of the Norwegian speed skating team.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.41 (1992); 1000 – 1:22.5 (1981); 1500 – 1:55.24 (1992); 5000 – 6:43.59 (1988); 10000 – 13:48.29 (1992).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NOR Geir Karlstad
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 10
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
1988 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NOR Geir Karlstad
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNF
1992 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NOR Geir Karlstad
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 8
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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