Ådne Søndrål

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

Ådne Søndrål
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Personal information
Born (1971-05-10) 10 May 1971 (age 51)
Notodden, Norway
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
SportSpeed skating
ClubHol Idrettslag (1980/81–1990/91)
Hamar Idrettslag (1991/92–1992/93)
Hol Idrettslag (1993/94– )
Turned pro1989
Medal record
Men’s speed skating
Representing  Norway
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Nagano 1,500 m
Silver medal – second place 1992 Albertville 1,500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Salt Lake City 1,500 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Warszawa 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 1998 Calgary 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 2000 Nagano 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2001 Salt Lake City 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 1996 Hamar 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 1996 Hamar 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 1997 Warszawa 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 1999 Heerenveen 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 2000 Nagano 1500 m
Silver medal – second place 2001 Salt Lake City 1000 m

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 specialized in 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 recordsEdit

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 recordsEdit

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

External linksEdit

Preceded by Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by