Born: April 8, 1905 - Kristiania (Oslo) (NOR)
Died: August 24, 1979 - Oslo (NOR)
Bernt Evensen, from Grünerløkka in Oslo, was the first Norwegian speed
skater to win an Olympic gold medal, when he tied with Clas Thunberg for
the 500 m gold in 1928. He also got a silver medal on 1500 meters, a
bronze medal on 5000 meters, and he was in position for a new silver
medal, beaten by Jaffe by only 1/10 second, when the 10,000 meters was
In 1932 Evensen and Ballangrud were the only Europeans
to win Olympic medals in the packstyle races. Evensen won the silver
medal on 500 meters.
He was world champion twice, in 1927 and
1934. In 1927 he was the third Norwegian to win "the triple", the
Norwegian, European and world championships the same year.
winning his fourth national championship in 1935 he switched to the
workers club Reidulf, which was part of the Norwegian AIF (Workers'
Sports Federation). He started in the workers' world championship on
Bislett, and became workers' world champion after a hard fight with
Russian Jakov Melnikov. He continued skating workers' races until 1940.
Evensen was also a very good rink cyclist, and he six times nordic
champion in rink cycling. He was awarded "Egebergs Ærespris" (Honorary
Price of Egeberg) for his achievements in speed skating and cycling.
Highest rank on the Adelskalender: 4 (1928-1932).
Bjarte Hetland, December 22, 2013
Podia at championships
|1926||3 ||World Championship Allround||Trondheim||NOR|
|1927||1 ||World Championship Allround||Tampere||FIN|
|1 ||European Championship Allround||Stockholm||SWE|
|1928||1 ||Olympic Winter Games 500 meters||St. Moritz||SUI|
|2 ||Olympic Winter Games 1500 meters||St. Moritz||SUI|
|3 ||Olympic Winter Games 5000 meters||St. Moritz||SUI|
|3 ||World Championship Allround||Davos||SUI|
|2 ||European Championship Allround||Oslo||NOR|
|1931||2 ||World Championship Allround||Helsinki||FIN|
|1932||2 ||Olympic Winter Games 500 meters||Lake Placid||USA|
|3 ||World Championship Allround||Lake Placid||USA|
|1934||1 ||World Championship Allround||Helsinki||FIN|
|1935||2 ||European Championship Allround||Helsinki||FIN|
|500m||0:43.2||Jan 13, 1934||Davos||SUI|
|1000m||1:31.9||Feb 12, 1937||Oslo||NOR|
|1500m||2:20.6||Feb 4, 1928||Davos||SUI|
|3000m||5:01.0||Jan 6, 1934||Oslo||NOR|
|5000m||8:36.7||Jan 14, 1934||Davos||SUI|
|10,000m||17:30.2||Feb 5, 1928||Davos||SUI|