Bernt Evensen

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Bernt Evensen
Bernt Evensen Frogner OB.F12069c.jpg
Evensen at the Frogner stadion, ca. 1925-1930
Personal information
Born (1905-04-08)8 April 1905
Kristiania, Norway
Died 24 August 1979(1979-08-24)
Country Norway
Sport Speed skating

Bernt Sverre Evensen (8 April 1905 in Kristiania (Oslo) – 24 August 1979) was a Norwegian speed skater and racing cyclist.

At the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Bernt Evensen became the first Norwegian skater to win an Olympic gold medal by winning gold on the 500 m (a first place shared with Finnish skater Clas Thunberg. At those same Olympics, he also won silver on the 1,500 m and bronze on the 5,000 m. At the 10,000 m, he was in second place, 0.1 seconds behind Irving Jaffee, when the competition was cancelled because the ice had started thawing.

At the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, Evensen won a silver medal on the 500 m. Evensen and compatriot Ivar Ballangrud were the only European Olympic speed skating medalists during those games. This can mostly be attributed to the fact that the races were skated in packstyle (having all competitors skate at the same time), a format that most European skaters were not familiar with.

At the World Allround Championships, Evensen became World Champion in 1927 and 1934, winning silver in 1931, and bronze in 1926, 1928, and 1932. At the European Allround Championships, Evensen became European Champion in 1927, while winning silver in 1928 and 1935. As a cyclist, he won 11 Norwegian Championships. For his achievements in speed skating and cycling, he was awarded the Egebergs Ærespris in 1928. After World War II, he was a speed skating coach for Oslo Skøiteklub (OSK) before the speed skating revolution in 1962-1963.


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

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1928 (500 m) 1928 (1,500 m)
1932 (500 m)
1928 (5,000 m)
World Allround 1927
1931 1926
European Allround 1927 1928
Norwegian Allround 1927

Personal records[edit]

To put these personal records in perspective, the last column (Notes) lists the official world records on the dates that Evensen skated his personal records.

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 43.2 13 January 1934 Davos 42.5
1,000 m 1:31.9 12 February 1937 Oslo 1:28.4
1,500 m 2:20.6 5 February 1928 Davos 2:17.4
3,000 m 5:01.0 6 January 1934 Oslo 4:59.1
5,000 m 8:36.7 14 January 1934 Davos 8:19.2
10,000 m 17:30.2 5 February 1928 Davos 17:22.6

Evensen has an Adelskalender score of 194.246 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a fourth place.


Preceded by
Johan Støa
Egebergs Ærespris
Succeeded by
Armand Carlsen