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Kay Arne Stenshjemmet

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKay Arne•Stenshjemmet
Used nameKay Arne•Stenshjemmet
Born9 August 1953 in Lillestrøm, Skedsmo (NOR)
Measurements188 cm / 84 kg
AffiliationsRælingen Skøyteklubb, Rælingen (NOR)
NOC(s) Norway


Together with Sten Stensen, Jan Egil Storholt and Amund Sjøbrend, Kay Arne Stenshjemmet formed the “Four S-es” of Norwegian speed skating in the 1970s. A bronze medallist at the 1973 World Junior Championships, Stenshjemmet had his senior breakthrough in 1976 by winning that year’s European Championships by the tiny margin of 0.005 points. He remained a top-5 skater in the following years, always facing tough competition from the unbeatable Eric Heiden and his Norwegian colleagues. Stenshjemmet won his second European title in 1980, adding two silvers (1977, 1979) and one bronze (1981) to the collection. At World Championships, he was less successful, his best being second in 1981, with a third in 1979. After a failed Olympic appearance in Innsbruck 1976, Stenshjemmet’s 1980 Lake Placid appearance was much rememberable, as he brought home two silver medals from the 1,500 and 5,000 metres, both times beaten by Heiden. In 1977, he lowered the 5,000 m world record under 7 minutes: 6:56.9 (although Sergey Marchuk had broken the 7-minute barrier earlier in the same race). In national competition, Stenshjemmet was crowned Norwegian champion five times, four times in allround (1976-78 and 1981) and once in sprint (1976).

Personal Bests: 500 – 38.2 (1981); 1000 – 1:17.5 (1981); 1500 – 1:56.18 (1981); 5000 – 6:56.9 (1977); 10000 – 14:57.30 (1980).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1976 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 21 Representing Norway    
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 22
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 11
1980 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Norway    
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver

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