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Jan Egil Storholt

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJan Egil•Storholt
Used nameJan Egil•Storholt
Born13 February 1949 in Meldal (NOR)
Measurements183 cm / 79 kg
AffiliationsSportsklubben Falken, Trondheim (NOR)
NOC(s) Norway

Biography

Jan Egil Storholt was a promising junior skater who won the Norwegian Junior Championships in 1969. He was almost killed in a mining accident the next year, and was told he would probably not skate at a top level again. But Storholt was determined to get back, and by 1972 he had returned to the Norwegian top. When most of the top Norwegian skaters turned professional in 1973, he was suddenly one of the best amateur speed skaters in Norway. But it wasn’t until Johs Tenmann started coaching the Norwegian skaters that Storholt achieved international success.

In 1976, Storholt won Olympic gold in the 1,500 m, beating Yury Kondakov narrowly, to become the third member of his Trondheim club Falken to win that title after Hjalmar Andersen and Sverre Farstad. Known as one of the four S’es of Norwegian skating (with Kay Arne Stenshjemmet, Sten Stensen and Amund Sjøbrend), he was European champion in 1977 and 1979 and placed among the top four in seven consecutive European Championships (1975-81). He was the runner-up for the World title on three consecutive occasions, each time beaten only by redoubtable Eric Heiden. In 1977 the conditions were excellent during the country match between the Soviet Union and Norway at Medeo, and Storholt used the opportunity to set two World Records (1,500 m and all-around combination) and recorded five personal bests to climb to the top of the Adelskalender (all-time combined ranking). He was the first to top the Adelskalender with four personal records set in the same tournament.

Personal Bests: 500 – 38.07 (1977); 1000 – 1:16.77 (1978); 1500 – 1:55.18 (1977); 5000 – 7:01.16 (1977); 10000 – 14:49.26 (1978).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1976 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 28 Representing Norway    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 9
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 14
1980 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 17 Representing Norway    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 6

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1976 Winter Olympics 13 February 1976 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Final Standings 1:59.38 1
1980 Winter Olympics 21 February 1980 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Final Standings 1:57.95 6

Other participations

Games Role Details
1980 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Norway    

Special Notes