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Frode Rønning

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameFrode•Rønning
Used nameFrode•Rønning
Born7 July 1959 in Trondheim (NOR)
Measurements185 cm / 88 kg
AffiliationsLeinstrand Idrettslag/Ask Skøyteklubb, Oslo
NOC(s) Norway

Biography

One of the world’s best sprinters in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Frode Rønning’s first international medal came in 1978. Behind the unbeatable Eric Heiden, he claimed silver in the World Sprint Championships. He would make the podium three more times, earning bronze in 1979 and 1982. He clinched the title in 1981, largely on account of a great first 500 m, which also earned him the Oscar Mathisen Award for that year. At the 1980 Olympics, Rønning tied with USSR opponent Vladimir Lobanov for third in the 1,000 m. From 1983 on, Rønning’s star slowly faded, although he competed at an international level through the 1989 season. He has sixteen Norwegian titles under his belt, nine sprint titles (1978-1982, 1985-89), three 500 m titles (1987-89), two 1,000 m titles (1987, 1989) and two relay titles (1987, 1989). He later coached the Norwegian national sprint team.

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.31 (1988); 1000 – 1:15.14 (1983); 1500 – 1:59.82 (1980); 5000 – 8:04.01 (1979).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1980 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 4 NOR Frode Rønning
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic =3 Bronze
1984 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 7 NOR Frode Rønning
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 14
1988 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 10 NOR Frode Rønning
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 25

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