Oscar Mathisen Award

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Since 1959, the Oscar Mathisen Award (also known as the Oscar Mathisen Memorial Award, the Oscar Mathisen Memorial Trophy, and sometimes the Skating Oscar) is awarded annually for outstanding speed skating performance of the season. The award was introduced by Oslo Skøiteklub (Oslo Skating Club, OSK) to commemorate the legendary Norwegian speed skater Oscar Mathisen (1888–1954).

Until 1967, speed skaters could not win the award more than once and until 1987, women were not eligible to win the award.

The winner is awarded a miniature of the statue of Oscar Mathisen created by the sculptor Arne Durban. The statue is placed outside Frogner Stadium in Oslo, the venue of many of Oscar Mathisen's most memorable victories.

Oscar Mathisen Award winners
Year Winner Nationality
1959 Knut Johannesen  Norway
1960 Boris Stenin  Soviet Union
1961 Henk van der Grift  Netherlands
1962 Jonny Nilsson  Sweden
1963 Nils Aaness  Norway
1964 Ants Antson  Soviet Union
1965 Per Ivar Moe  Norway
1966 Kees Verkerk  Netherlands
1967 Kees Verkerk  Netherlands
1968 Fred Anton Maier  Norway
1969 Dag Fornæss  Norway
1970 Ard Schenk  Netherlands
1971 Ard Schenk  Netherlands
1972 Ard Schenk  Netherlands
1973 Göran Claeson  Sweden
1974 Sten Stensen  Norway
1975 Yevgeny Kulikov  Soviet Union
1976 Sten Stensen  Norway
1977 Eric Heiden  United States
1978 Eric Heiden  United States
1979 Eric Heiden  United States
1980 Eric Heiden  United States
1981 Amund Sjøbrend  Norway
1982 Tomas Gustafson  Sweden
1983 Rolf Falk-Larssen  Norway
1984 Gaétan Boucher  Canada
1985 Hein Vergeer  Netherlands
1986 Geir Karlstad  Norway
1987 Nikolay Gulyayev  Soviet Union
1988 Tomas Gustafson  Sweden
1989 Leo Visser  Netherlands
1990 Johann Olav Koss  Norway
1991 Johann Olav Koss  Norway
1992 Bonnie Blair  United States
1993 Falko Zandstra  Netherlands
1994 Johann Olav Koss  Norway
1995 Gunda Niemann  Germany
1996 Gunda Niemann  Germany
1997 Gunda Niemann  Germany
1998 Ådne Søndrål  Norway
1999 Rintje Ritsma  Netherlands
2000 Gianni Romme  Netherlands
2001 Hiroyasu Shimizu  Japan
2002 Jochem Uytdehaage  Netherlands
2003 Anni Friesinger  Germany
2004 Chad Hedrick  United States
2005 Shani Davis  United States
2006 Cindy Klassen[1]  Canada
2007 Sven Kramer[2]  Netherlands
2008 Jeremy Wotherspoon  Canada
2009 Shani Davis[3]  United States
2010 Martina Sáblíková[4]  Czech Republic
2011 Bob de Jong[5]  Netherlands
2012 Christine Nesbitt[6]  Canada
2013 Ireen Wüst  Netherlands

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.skoytesport.no/filarkiv/artikler/2006/oscar_2006-05-15.htm
  2. ^ http://www.skoytesport.no/filarkiv/artikler/2007/oscar_2007-04-24.htm
  3. ^ http://www.skoytesport.no/filarkiv/artikler/2009/oscar_2009-05-19.htm
  4. ^ http://www.volkskrant.nl/sport/article1364737.ece/Sablikova_krijgt_eervolle_prijs
  5. ^ http://nos.nl/artikel/242903-de-jong-krijgt-schaatsoscar.html
  6. ^ http://www.speedskating.ca/nesbitt-winner-2012-oscar-award