Born: February 12, 1911 - Drammen (NOR)
Died: November 7, 1994 - Drammen (NOR)
Charles Mathiesen was a Norwegian speed skater. He was born in the city
of Drammen, which is the hometown of multiple Olympics skaters such as
Koss and Stensen. Mathiesen skated his first international tournament at
the World Allround Championships in 1933. He ended up in the 8th place.
In the following years Mathiesen kept climbing his way up in the
overall classification of the World Championships : in 1934 he finished
sixth, in 1935 fifth, in 1937 fourth and in 1938 third. In 1938
Mathiesen won an Allround title : he became European Champion.
the 1936 Olympics Mathiesen started at the 1500, 5000 and the 10000
meters. His Norwegian rival Ballungrud won the gold on the 5k, the 10k
and the 500 meters as well. Ballungrud would have won all four distances
at the Olympics if it weren’t for Mathiesen outracing him on the 1500
meters. Mathiesen skated an incredible race and beated Ballungrud by
exactly one second. His time of 2.19.2 was an Olympic record.
didn’t have as much success in his own country. During his career he
had to compete with several amazing Norwegian speed skaters. This
resulted in the fact that Mathiesen never became National Allround
Champion. He did however win multiple podium places. Mathiesen received
three bronze medals and a total of six silver medals. His silver medals
earned him the name of the ‘eternal second’.
At the 1938 World
Allround Championships Mathiesen came close to becoming a world record
holder. He skated a time of 17:14.4 on the 10000 meters, which was
exactly the same time as his direct opponent Ballungrud. However,
Ballungrud got the world record. Two years later Mathiesen got his
revenge : he skated 17:01.5, a world record that would take a long time
During World War II no allround tournaments were held.
Mathiesen continued his speed skating career after the ending of the
war. The Norwegian competed at two more national allround championships,
becoming second again, and went to the 1948 Olympics in St. Moritz.
Sadly enough the Olympics didn’t end well for Mathiesen. He collapsed in
the middle of his 5000 meters race due to the low oxygen level and had
to be taken to a hospital.
Rianne Mense, December 1, 2013
Podia at championships
|1936||1 ||Olympic Winter Games 1500 meters||Garmisch-Partenkirchen||GER|
|2 ||European Championship Allround||Oslo||NOR|
|1938||3 ||World Championship Allround||Davos||SUI|
|1 ||European Championship Allround||Oslo||NOR|
|1939||3 ||World Championship Allround||Helsinki||FIN|
|2 ||European Championship Allround||Riga||LAT|
|1||10,000 meters||17:01.5||Mar 3, 1940||Hamar||NOR|
|500m||0:43.2||Feb 20, 1940||Oslo||NOR|
|1000m||1:32.0||Mar 2, 1940||Hamar||NOR|
|1500m||2:15.6||Jan 27, 1939||Davos||SUI|
|3000m||4:50.6||Feb 10, 1940||Bergen||NOR|
|5000m||8:18.7||Mar 2, 1940||Hamar||NOR|
|10,000m||17:01.5||Mar 3, 1940||Hamar||NOR|