Ådne Søndrål

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Ådne Søndrål
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Personal information
Born (1971-05-10) 10 May 1971 (age 47)
Notodden, Norway
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Country Norway
Sport Speed skating
Club Hol Idrettslag (1980/81–1990/91)
Hamar Idrettslag (1991/92–1992/93)
Hol Idrettslag (1993/94– )
Turned pro 1989
Retired 2002

Ådne Søndrål (born 10 May 1971) is a former Norwegian speed skater.

Søndrål, representing Hol IL, was one of the best 1500 m skaters through most of the 1990s. He placed 2nd in the 1992 Winter Olympics and 4th in the 1994 Olympics. He finally won Olympic gold when he won 1500 m in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, setting a new world record: 1:47.87. He was also one of the favourites for a 1000 m medal in 1998, but he got sick before this race and did not start. In the 2002 Winter Olympics he was the big favourite, but he dislocated both his shoulders in falls in the last two weeks before the Olympic races, and he was happy to win a bronze medal. This made his collection of Olympic medals complete - one of each colour, in addition to a 4th position.

He started his career as an allround speed skater, without much success in the international allround championships. From 1996, he specialised on 1000 m and 1500 m, and he placed 2nd on both distances at the first World Single Distance Championships. He also won the 1000 m World Cup this season. In 1999 he tried allround again and he achieved his best result, placing 6th in the World Allround Championships on home ground in Hamar, Norway.

His achievements also include 4 gold and 6 silver medals in the World Single Distance Championships,[1] 30 World Cup wins (1 on the 500 m, 11 on the 1000 m and 18 on the 1500 m)[1] and 4 World Cup titles (on the 1000 m in 1996 and on the 1500 m in 1999, 2000 and 2002),[1] and the Oscar Mathisen Award in 1998. In March 1998 in Calgary, he broke his own 1500 m world record, setting it at 1:46.43. This record stood firm until Jakko Jan Leeuwangh broke it in January 2000.

For many years, his personal trainer was former Norwegian speed skater Tom Erik Oxholm.

At the 2002 Winter Olympics, he was elected by the athletes as an IOC member for a period of 4 years, replacing Johann Olav Koss as one of the athletes representatives.


Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 35.72 2001-01-15 Hamar
1000 m 1:08.15 2001-12-02 Salt Lake City
1500 m 1:45.26 2002-02-19 Salt Lake City
3000 m 3:59.80 1999-10-27 Hamar
5000 m 6:40.53 1999-02-06 Hamar
10000 m 14:13.12 1999-02-07 Hamar

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[2]

Søndrål has an Adelskalender score of 153.515 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a 12th place.

World records[edit]

Event Time Date Venue
1500 m 1.47,87 12 February 1998 Japan Nagano
1500 m 1.46,43 28 March 1998 Canada Calgary

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Ådne Søndrål". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ådne Søndrål". SpeedskatingResults.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 

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Preceded by
Germany Gunda Niemann
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Netherlands Rintje Ritsma