Harald Strøm (14 October 1897 – 25 December 1977) was a Norwegian speed skater, world champion, European champion and world record holder on 5000 metres. He was also a football player, national champion with his club, and playing for the national football team.

Harald Strøm
Personal information
Born(1897-10-14)14 October 1897
Horten, Norway
Died25 December 1977(1977-12-25) (aged 80)
Borre, Norway
SportSpeed skating
Medal record
Men's speed skating
Representing  Norway
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1922 Kristiania Allround
Silver medal – second place 1923 Stockholm Allround
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1923 Hamar Allround

Speed skating Edit

He set his first speed skating world record on 5000m in 1921 (8:27.7), being the first to break the magic 8:30.[1] He improved his own record in 1922 (8:26.5). His record lasted for seven years, until Ivar Ballangrud overtook the record with 8:24.2 in 1929.[1]

Strøm won a gold medal at the 1922 World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Men, winning both the 5000m and 10000m, and he received a silver medal in 1923.[2] He received a gold medal at the 1923 European Allround Championships, where he also won the 5000m distance.

He was flag bearer for Norway at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix. He finished 5th on the three longest distances, and 4th allround. He represented Horten SK.

Records Edit

World records Edit

Over the course of his career, Strøm skated two world records:

Distance Time Date Location
5000 m 8:27.7 20 February 1921 Kristiania
5000 m 8:26.5 18 February 1922 Kristiania

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[3]

Personal records Edit

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 45.2 18 February 1922 Kristiania
1500 2:24.2 2 February 1923 Hamar
5000 8:26.5 18 February 1922 Kristiania
10000 17:32.8 19 February 1921 Kristiania

Source: Sports-reference.com[4]& SpeedSkatingNews.info[5]

Medals Edit

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

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
World Allround 1922 1923
European Allround 1923
Norwegian Allround

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[3] & Skoyteforbundet.no[6]

Football Edit

Harald Strøm
Personal information
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1913–1927 Ørn-Horten
International career
1918–1927 Norway 16 (5)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Strøm played for the football club Ørn Horten, and became two times Norwegian champion, in 1920 and in 1927. Strøm also played in the Cup final in 1916 and 1926, which Ørn lost. He played sixteen matches for the Norwegian national team between 1918 and 1927.[7]

Awards Edit

Harald Strøm was awarded Egebergs Ærespris in 1921.[8]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b Historical World Records Archived 2012-02-05 at the Wayback MachineInternational Skating Union (Retrieved on April 9, 2008)
  2. ^ Medal Winners in World Allround Championships Archived 2009-02-25 at the Wayback MachineInternational Skating Union (Retrieved on April 9, 2008)
  3. ^ a b "Harald Strøm (NOR)". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Harald Strøm". Sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Skater business card of Harald Strøm". SpeedSkatingNews.info. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Skoyteforbundet Allround results" (PDF). skoyteforbundet.no. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Harald Strøm (1897–1977)". FK Ørn-Horten. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  8. ^ Bryhn, Rolf. "Egebergs ærespris – Egebergs ærespris". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012.

External links Edit

Preceded by Egebergs Ærespris
Succeeded by