Kay Stenshjemmet

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Kay Stenshjemmet
Kay Arne Stenshjemmet.jpg
Kay Arne Stenshjemmet in 1977
Personal information
Birth name Kay Arne Stenshjemmet
Nationality Norwegian
Born (1953-08-09) 9 August 1953 (age 63)
Lillestrøm, Norway
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Sport
Country  Norway
Sport Speed skating
Club Rælingen Skøyteklubb
Turned pro 1972
Retired 1981
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 38.2 (1981)
1000 m: 1:17.5 (1981)
1500 m: 1:56.18 (1981)
3000 m: 4:07.22 (1981)
5000 m: 6:56.9 (1977)
10 000 m: 14:57.30 (1980)

Kay Arne Stenshjemmet (born 9 August 1953) is a former speed skater from Norway.

Short biography[edit]

Together with Amund Sjøbrend, Sten Stensen, and Jan Egil Storholt, Kay Stenshjemmet was one of the legendary four S-es (which sounds like "four aces" in Norwegian), four Norwegian top skaters in the 1970s and early 1980s. Kay is now working for Romerikes Blad

During the 1976 European Allround Championships in Oslo, fellow Norwegian Sten Stensen (the defending European Champion), set a new world record on the 10,000 m, but Stenshjemmet still became European Champion by a tiny margin of only 0.005 points (equivalent to 0.10 seconds on the 10000 m).

At the end of the 1975–1976 season, the world record on the 5000 m was Piet Kleine's 7:02.38. On 19 March 1977, first Sergey Marchuk and then in the following pair Stenshjemmet were the first to skate the 5000 m below seven minutes, with 6:58.88 and 6:56.9, respectively. Stenshjemmet's world record would last for five years, until Aleksandr Baranov skated 6:54.44.

Stenshjemmet was European Allround Champion in 1976 and 1980. He was also Norwegian Allround Champion in 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1981, as well as Norwegian Sprint Champion in 1976. At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, Stenshjemmet won silver on the 1500 m and on the 5000 m, both behind Eric Heiden.[1]

Medals[edit]

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

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1980 (1500 m)
1980 (5000 m)
World Allround 1981 1979
World Sprint
European Allround 1976
1980
1977
1979
1981
Norwegian Allround 1976
1977
1978
1981
1979
Norwegian Sprint 1976 1980 1977

World record[edit]

During his career, Stenshjemmet skated one world record:

Discipline Time Date Location
5000 m 6.56,9 19 March 1977 Medeo

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[2]

Personal records[edit]

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

Event Result Date Venue WR
500 m 38.2 31 March 1981 Harbin 36.91
1000 m 1:17.5 31 March 1981 Harbin 1:13.39
1500 m 1:56.18 11 January 1981 Davos 1:54.79
3000 m 4:07.22 16 January 1981 Davos 4:04.06
5000 m 6:56.9 19 March 1977 Medeo 7:02.38
10000 m 14:57.30 20 January 1980 Trondheim 14:34.33
Big combination 164.283 20 March 1977 Medeo 165.884

Note that Stenshjemmet's personal record on the big combination was not a world record because Jan Egil Storholt skated 163.221 at the same tournament.

Stenshjemmet has an Adelskalender score of 163.481 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a third place.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kay Arne Stenshjemmet. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ "Kay Arne Stenshjemmet". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.