|Born||30 June 1948|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lb)|
Representing Hamar Idrettslag (Hamar Sports Club), Fornæss had his international breakthrough in 1969, when he won the Norwegian Allround Championships, the European Allround Championships, and the World Allround Championships. That same year, he also skated a new world record on the 3,000 m. For his accomplishments that year, Fornæss received the Oscar Mathisen Award and was chosen Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year.
He became European Allround Champion again in 1971. Fornæss participated in his last international event at the 1972 Winter Olympic Games, after which he ended his skating career.
An overview of medals won by Fornæss at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:
|Championships||Gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
Fornæss successively broke the 3,000 m record twice. world record:
|3000 m||4.17,4||January 28, 1969||Cortina d'Ampezzo|
To put these personal records in perspective, the column WR lists the official world records on the dates that Fornæss skated his personal records.
|500 m||39.1||15 January 1972||Davos||38.0|
|1,000 m||1:20.6||3 March 1971||Notodden||1:18.8|
|1,500 m||2:01.98||23 January 1972||Davos||1:58.7|
|3,000 m||4:17.4||28 January 1969||Cortina d'Ampezzo||4:17.5|
|5,000 m||7:20.6||4 March 1972||Inzell||7:12.0|
|10,000 m||15:23.8||2 March 1969||Inzell||15:03.6|
|Big combination||171.752||23 January 1972||Davos||168.248|
Fornæss has an Adelskalender score of 170.010 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a 3rd place.
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- Dag Fornæss at SpeedSkatingStats.com
- Personal records from Jakub Majerski's Speedskating Database
- Evert Stenlund's Adelskalender pages