Alf Hansen

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Alf Hansen

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Hansen with the Holland Beker trophy in 1978 [1]
Personal information
Born13 July 1948 (1948-07-13) (age 69)
Oslo, Norway
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Relatives Frank Hansen (brother)
Sport
Sport Rowing
Club Ormsund Roklub, Oslo

Alf John Hansen (born 13 July 1948) is a retired rower from Norway. Early in his career, he received two Norwegian sport awards shared with his brother Frank. Towards the end of his career in 1990, he was the inaugural recipient of the Thomas Keller Medal, the highest honour in rowing. His international rowing career spanned more than two decades.

Rowing (sport) Sport where individuals or teams row boats by oar

Rowing, often referred to as crew in the United States, is a sport whose origins reach back to Ancient Egyptian times. It involves propelling a boat on water using oars. By pushing against the water with an oar, a force is generated to move the boat. The sport can be either recreational for enjoyment or fitness, or competitive, when athletes race against each other in boats. There are a number of different boat classes in which athletes compete, ranging from an individual shell to an eight-person shell with a coxswain.

Frank Hansen (rower) Norwegian rower

Frank Hansen is a retired rower from Norway who specialized in the double sculls. In this event, he won silver medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics and 1972 European Championships, together with Svein Thøgersen.

The Thomas Keller Medal is given by the International Rowing Federation (FISA) for an outstanding international career in the sport of rowing. It is the highest honor in rowing and is awarded to any athlete within five years of his/her retirement from the sport. It recognizes an exceptional rowing career as well as exemplary sportsmanship.

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Biography

Hansen was born in 1948 in Oslo. [2] His first international rowing success came at the 1970 World Rowing Championships in St. Catharines, Canada, where he won a bronze medal with the coxed four. [3] At the 1971 European Rowing Championships, the coxed four team came seventh. [4] He competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, where the coxed four team came ninth. [2] At the 1973 European Rowing Championships, the coxed four team came fifth. [4]

Oslo Place in Østlandet, Norway

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence, and with Sweden from 1814 to 1905 it functioned as a co-official capital. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city's name was spelled Kristiania between 1877 and 1897 by state and municipal authorities. In 1925 the city was renamed Oslo.

The 1970 World Rowing Championships was the 3rd World Rowing Championships. It was held in 1970 at the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The competition involved seven events. Prior to the 4th World Rowing Championships in 1974, only men competed.

St. Catharines City in Ontario, Canada

St. Catharines is the largest city in Canada's Niagara Region and the sixth largest urban area in Ontario, with 96.13 square kilometres of land and 133,113 residents in 2016. It lies in Southern Ontario, 51 kilometres (32 mi) south of Toronto across Lake Ontario, and is 19 kilometres (12 mi) inland from the international boundary with the United States along the Niagara River. It is the northern entrance of the Welland Canal. Residents of St. Catharines are known as St. Cathariners. St. Catharines carries the official nickname "The Garden City" due to its 1,000 acres (4 km2) of parks, gardens and trails.

He then changed boats and competed at the 1974 World Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, in double sculls with his brother Frank; they won a silver medal beaten by a team from East Germany. [5] At the 1975 World Rowing Championships in Nottingham, the Hansen brothers won the world championship title in the double sculls. [4] In 1976, the brothers won a gold medal at the Montreal Olympic Games in the same boat class. [2] At the 1977 World Rowing Championships, Hansen competed in the single sculls and came tenth. [4] The brothers would then return to double sculls and win the 1978 and 1979 World Championships. [4] Unfortunately the Norwegian Rowing Federation boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980, so the brothers were unable to defend their Olympic title. Frank officially retired after the Moscow Olympics.

The 1974 World Rowing Championships was the 4th World Rowing Championships. It was held in 1974 at Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland. The event was significantly extended from the 1970 edition, with the addition of both women's and lightweight men's events. Six women boat classes were added, three lightweight men classes, plus quad scull for men, increasing the number of boat classes from seven in 1970 to seventeen in 1974. This was also the last World Championships held on a quadrennial cycle – from this point, World Championships were held annually.

Lucerne Place in Switzerland

Lucerne is a city in central Switzerland, in the German-speaking portion of the country. Lucerne is the capital of the canton of Lucerne and part of the district of the same name. With a population of about 81,057 people, Lucerne is the most populous town in Central Switzerland, and a nexus of economics, transportation, culture, and media of this region. The city's urban area consists of 17 municipalities and towns located in three different cantons with an overall population of about 250,000 people.

1975 World Rowing Championships rowing regatta

The 1975 World Rowing Championships was the 5th World Rowing Championships. It was held from 24 to 30 August at Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, Great Britain.

Alf Hansen continued his career and teamed up with Rolf Thorsen in the double sculls. At the 1981 World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany, they won a bronze medal. At the 1982 World Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, they became world champions. At the 1983 World Rowing Championships in Duisburg, Germany, they won a silver medal. [4] At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles they came tenth. [2]

Rolf Bernt Thorsen is a Norwegian former competition rower, world champion and Olympic medalist.

The 1981 World Rowing Championships were World Rowing Championships that were held from 30 August to 6 September 1981 at Oberschleißheim outside Munich, Germany.

Munich Place in Bavaria, Germany

Munich is the capital and most populous city of Bavaria, the second most populous German federal state. With a population of around 1.5 million, it is the third-largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, as well as the 12th-largest city in the European Union. The city's metropolitan region is home to 6 million people. Straddling the banks of the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps, it is the seat of the Bavarian administrative region of Upper Bavaria, while being the most densely populated municipality in Germany. Munich is the second-largest city in the Bavarian dialect area, after the Austrian capital of Vienna.

At the 1986 World Rowing Championships, Hansen and Thorsen were both part of the Norwegian quad scull team that came ninth; their team members were Vetle Vinje and Lars Bjønness. [6] At the 1987 World Rowing Championships, the same team won a silver medal. [7] The four stayed together and competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul where they won Olympic silver. [2]

The 1986 World Rowing Championships were World Rowing Championships that were held from 17 to 24 August 1986 at Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Vetle Vinje is a Norwegian competition rower and Olympic medalist.

Lars Bjønness is a Norwegian competition rower and Olympic medalist.

At the 1989 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Hansen was part of a newly-composed quad scull team; they came sixth. [8] Hansen ended his professional career after the 1991 World Rowing Championships at the age of 43. [4]

1989 World Rowing Championships rowing regatta

The 1989 World Rowing Championships were World Rowing Championships that were held from 2 to 10 September 1989 at Lake Bled near Bled in SR Slovenia, Yugoslavia.

Bled Place in Upper Carniola, Slovenia

Bled is a town on Lake Bled in the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. It is the administrative seat of the Municipality of Bled. It is most notable as a popular tourist destination in the Upper Carniola region and in Slovenia as whole, attracting visitors from abroad too.

The 1991 World Rowing Championships were World Rowing Championships that were held from 19 to 25 August 1991 in Vienna, Austria. The regatta was held on the New Danube.

Awards

The Hansen brothers were awarded the Aftenposten Gold Medal after their world championship win in 1975; it is one of the highest awards that are awarded within Norwegian sport. [9] After their 1976 Olympic gold, the Hansen brothers were awarded the Fearnley award. [10] In 1990, Alf Hansen was the inaugural recipient of the Thomas Keller Medal. The medal is given by the International Rowing Federation (FISA) for an outstanding international career in the sport of rowing as well as exemplary sportsmanship. It is the highest honour in rowing. [11]

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