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Magne Thomassen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMagne Arnfinn•Thomassen
Used nameMagne•Thomassen
Born1 May 1941 in Melhus (NOR)
Measurements181 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsTrondheims SK, Trondheim (NOR)
NOC(s) Norway


An all-around skater with a good sprint, Magne Thomassen competed internationally for a decade. He medalled in every international championship category in which he competed, although he never managed to win a title. His greatest year was easily 1968. Not only did he win the Norwegian all-around championship, he also placed third in the European Championships. Thomassen also tied Terry McDermott for silver in the 500 metres at the Grenoble Olympics, placing fourth in the 1,500 m, having earlier broken the 1,500 m world record at Davos. He was close to becoming World All-Around Champion, still having a sufficient lead over Fred Anton Maier going into the last lap of the 10,000 m. In 1970, Thomassen again was runner-up at the Worlds, after also placing third at the inaugural World Sprint Championships. After his skating career ended Thomassen worked in a bank in Trondheim.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.8 (1970); 1000 – 1:21.0 (1971); 1500 – 2:02.5 (1968); 5000 – 7:22.3 (1969); 10000 – 15:23.3 (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1964 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 21 NOR Magne Thomassen
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 9
1968 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic =2 Silver NOR Magne Thomassen
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 4
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 7

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