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21 February 1960 |
|Sport||Men's speed skating|
Representing Trondhjems Skøiteklub, Rolf Falk-Larssen made his international debut at the European Allround Championships of 1982 and he was in the lead after three distances. On the final distance (the 10,000 m), he was paired against Tomas Gustafson, the number two after three distances. With just one lap left to go in that 10,000 m, it seemed that Falk-Larssen would be crowned as the new European Champion, but Gustafson skated an extraordinary last lap, setting a new world record of 14:23.59, and beating Falk-Larssen (who skated a great 14:30.34 – a new Norwegian record) by 0.021 points (equivalent to just 0.42 seconds of difference on the 10,000 m). So Falk-Larssen won silver, and he would win a second European Allround silver medal in 1984. Three weeks later, at the 1982 World Allround Championships, Falk-Larssen won bronze.
In 1983, at the age of 22, Falk-Larssen won the World Allround Championships in Oslo. Winning three out of four distances, he managed to leave Tomas Gustafson behind before the final distance, the 10,000 m. Falk-Larssen finished the 10,000 m in thirteenth place, 37 seconds behind Gustafson, and if samalog scores had been used, he would have been number two. However, the rule at the time was that anyone who won three distances was World Champion (a remnant from pre-World-War-I days, when a skater had to win at least three distances to become World Champion). Segments of the crowd thought Falk-Larssen did not give his utmost during the final 10,000 m race, and he was booed during many of the laps. This was the only time in history that the World Champion had a worse samalog score than the number two, and it eventually resulted in the abolishment of the three-distance-wins rule in favour of ranking by samalog points exclusively (the Lex Gustafson, from 1987 onwards). For his accomplishments in 1983, Falk-Larssen received the Oscar Mathisen Award.
Being a typical allrounder, Falk-Larssen was not specialised enough to win an Olympic medal; he participated in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, but his best result in six races during those two Olympics was only a twelfth place. Falk-Larssen twice held world records in the allround small combination (500 m – 3,000 m – 1,500 m – 5,000 m), in 1982 and 1983. Falk-Larssen competed internationally until 1994. He won numerous medals at various Norwegian Championships.
An overview of medals won by Falk-Larssen at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:
|Championships||Gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
|World Cup||–||–||1988 (1,500 m)|
|Norwegian Single Distance||1988 (1,000 m)
1988 (1,500 m)
1993 (1,500 m)
|–||1988 (500 m)
1993 (5,000 m)
1994 (1,000 m)
Over the course of his career, Falk-Larssen skated two world records:
|Small combination||162.734||January 17, 1982||Davos|
|Small combination||161.758||January 23, 1983||Davos|
To put these personal records in perspective, the WR column lists the official world records on the dates that Falk-Larssen skated his personal records.
|500 m||37.88||5 March 1988||Medeo||36.45|
|1,000 m||1:15.42||18 February 1988||Calgary||1:12.58|
|1,500 m||1:54.26||21 March 1987||Heerenveen||1:52.70|
|3,000 m||4:02.79||19 March 1987||Heerenveen||4:03.22|
|5,000 m||6:50.93||4 December 1987||Calgary||6:45.44|
|10,000 m||14:30.34||31 January 1982||Oslo||14:26.71|
|Big combination||162.062||15 February 1987||Heerenveen||160.807|
Note that Falk-Larssen's personal record on the 3,000 m was not a world record because Leo Visser skated 3:59.27 at the same tournament.
Falk-Larssen has an Adelskalender score of 160.576 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a ninth place.
- Rolf Falk-Larssen at SpeedSkatingStats.com
- Personal records from Jakub Majerski's Speedskating Database
- Evert Stenlund's Adelskalender pages
- Historical World Records from the International Skating Union
- National Championships results from Norges Skøyteforbund (the Norwegian Skating Association)
|Oscar Mathisen Award