Geir Karlstad

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Geir Karlstad
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Geir Karlstad
Personal information
Born (1963-07-07) 7 July 1963 (age 51)
Skedsmo, Akershus, Norway
Sport
Country Norway
Sport Speed skating

Geir Karlstad (born 7 July 1963) is a Norwegian former speed skater.

Biography[edit]

Although best at the longest distances (the 5,000 m and the 10,000 m), Geir Karlstad became Junior World Allround Champion in 1982 and, as a senior, won bronze in both the World and European Allround Championships in 1989. Among the dominating speed skaters in the 1980s, Karlstad competed at the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics, winning no medals. At the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, he won the gold medal on the 5,000 m and the bronze on the 10,000 m while skating for Lillestrøm SK. He also represented Aktiv SK.

A severe back injury forced him to end his career before the 1994 Winter Olympics of Lillehammer held in his homeland. He had originally intended to end his career at those Winter Olympics. From 1998 to 2002, he was the national team coach of the Norwegian speed skating team. Karlstad received the Oscar Mathisen Award in 1986.

Medals[edit]

An overview of medals won by Karlstad at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1992 (5,000 m) 1992 (10,000 m)
World Allround 1989
European Allround 1989
Norwegian Allround 1989
1990
1985
1986
1988
1991
1992
Norwegian Single Distance 1987 (5,000 m)
1987 (10,000 m)
1988 (5,000 m)
1992 (5,000 m)
1990 (1,500 m)
1990 (5,000 m)

Records[edit]

World records[edit]

Over the course of his career, Karlstad set five world records:

Discipline Time Date Location
10,000 m 14.12,14 16 February 1986 Germany Inzell
10,000 m 14.03,92 15 February 1987 Netherlands Heerenveen
5,000 m 6.45,44 22 November 1987 Netherlands Heerenveen
5,000 m 6.43,59 4 December 1987 Canada Calgary
10,000 m 13.48,51 6 December 1987 Canada Calgary

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[1]

Personal records[edit]

To put these personal records in perspective, the WR column lists the official world records on the dates that Karlstad skated his personal records.

Event Result Date Venue WR
500 m 39.41 17 January 1992 Heerenveen 36.45
1,000 m 1:22.5  25 January 1981 Notodden 1:13.60
1,500 m 1:55.24 22 March 1992 Calgary 1:52.06
3,000 m 3:59.78 19 March 1987 Heerenveen 4:03.22
5,000 m 6:43.59 4 December 1987 Calgary 6:45.44
10,000 m 13:48.29 19 January 1992 Heerenveen 13:43.54
Big combination 160.189 19 January 1992 Heerenveen 157.396

Karlstad's personal record on the 3,000 m was not a world record because Leo Visser skated 3:59.27 at the same tournament.

Karlstad has an Adelskalender score of 159.596 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was seventh place.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geir Karlstad". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
Awards
Preceded by
Netherlands Hein Vergeer
Oscar Mathisen Award
1986
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Nikolay Gulyayev