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Reidar Kristofer Liaklev (15 July 1917 – 1 March 2006) was a speed skater from Norway who won the gold medal in the 5000 m event at the 1948 Winter Olympics. Liaklev was a long distance specialist, yet he won the European Allround Championships in 1948.

Reidar Liaklev
Reidar Liaklev 1948b.jpg
Liaklev at the 1948 European Championships
Personal information
Born15 July 1917
Jaren, Norway
Died1 March 2006 (aged 88)
Jaren, Norway
SportSpeed skating
ClubBrandbu IF

Liaklev won bronze at the junior Norwegian Championships in 1939, and as for most athletes of his time, his career was interrupted by World War II. His first international senior tournament was the 1947 World Allround Championships, where he finished third on the 5,000 m, won the 10,000 m event, and placed fourth overall.

In the first Winter Olympics after World War II, in February 1948, Liaklev won the 5000 m in a time of 8:29.4. He also participated in the 10,000 m, but failed to finish due to breathing problems at high altitudes. Two weeks later, he won the European Championships in Hamar. In 1949, he became Norwegian Allround Champion. The following year he won a silver medal at the European Allround Championships in Helsinki, and won the 10,000 m event there.

Liaklev represented Brandbu Idrettsforening (Brandbu Sports Association). He retired around 1950 and became a speed skating coach and member of the Norwegian Skating Association board.[1] He also worked as a post master and a beekeeper in his home village of Jaren, and served on the community council.[2]

Personal recordsEdit

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

Event Result Date Venue WR
500 m 44.0 5 February 1949 Davos 41.8
1,000 m 1:34.5 7 March 1949 Hamar 1:28.4
1,500 m 2:16.6 6 February 1949 Davos 2:13.8
3,000 m 4:58.0 23 February 1950 Jevnaker 4:45.7
5,000 m 8:18.0 25 February 1950 Gjøvik 8:13.5
10,000 m 17:24.9 15 February 1948 Hamar 17:01.5

Liaklev has an Adelskalender score of 191.578 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a ninth place.


  1. ^ Teigen, Magne (2012). "Norsk Skøytesports navn og tall 1893–2013" (pdf) (in Norwegian). Norwegian Skating Association. pp. 12–13. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  2. ^ Reidar Liaklev.

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