Dag Fornæss

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Dag Fornæss

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Dag Fornæss in 1971
Personal information
Born (1948-06-30) 30 June 1948 (age 69)
Hamar, Norway
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Speed skating
Club Hamar IL

Dag Fornæss (born 30 June 1948) is a former speed skater from Norway who won the Norwegian, European, and World Allround Championships in 1969. He was born in Hamar.

Speed skating competitive form of ice skating in which the competitors race each other

Speed skating is a competitive form of ice skating in which the competitors race each other in travelling a certain distance on skates. Types of speed skating are long track speed skating, short track speed skating, and marathon speed skating. In the Olympic Games, long-track speed skating is usually referred to as just "speed skating", while short-track speed skating is known as "short track". The ISU, the governing body of both ice sports, refers to long track as "speed skating" and short track as "short track skating".

Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

Hamar City in Hedmark, Norway

Hamar[²hɑːmɑr](listen) is a town in Hamar Municipality in Hedmark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Hedmarken. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Hamar. The municipality of Hamar was separated from Vang as a town and municipality of its own in 1849. Vang was merged back into Hamar on 1 January 1992.



Representing Hamar Idrettslag (Hamar Sports Club), Fornæss had his international breakthrough in 1969, when he won the Norwegian Allround Championships, the European Allround Championships, and the World Allround Championships. That same year, he also skated a new world record on the 3,000 m. For his accomplishments that year, Fornæss received the Oscar Mathisen Award and was chosen Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year.

Hamar Idrettslag is a Norwegian sports club from Hamar. It has sections for bandy, curling, association football, athletics, sport shooting, rowing, speed skating, diving, swimming, tennis, figure skating and gymnastics.

The European Speed Skating Championships are a series of long track speed skating events held annually to determine the best allround speed skater of Europe.

The World Allround Speed Skating Championships are a series of speed skating events held annually to determine the best allround speed skater of the world. The event is held over two days, with all skaters entering the first three distances and the best eight skaters over these distances getting to ride the last event. The results of the races are converted to points, and the skater with lowest total score wins the championship.

He became European Allround Champion again in 1971. Fornæss participated in his last international event at the 1972 Winter Olympic Games, after which he ended his skating career.

The 1972 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XI Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was held from February 3 to February 13, 1972, in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. It was the first Winter Olympics to be held outside Europe and North America, and only the third game held outside those regions overall, after Melbourne and Tokyo.

Fornæss also was a successful association football player, playing in the Norwegian Premier League for the club Skeid Fotball in 1972. His grandfather, Embret Skogen, was an Olympic shooter. [1]

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Skeid Fotball association football club

Skeid Fotball is a Norwegian football club from Oslo that currently plays in 1. divisjon, the second tier of the Norwegian football league system. Its current home field is Nordre Åsen, after the club stopped playing at Bislett after the 2012 season. In past decades it has gained a reputation as a talent factory for the larger clubs in Norwegian football, and it has produced several players for the national team such as Daniel Braaten, Daniel Fredheim Holm, Omar Elabdellaoui and Mohammed Abdellaoue. Other notable players include Paul Miller. Skeid played in 1. divisjon in 2009 after a short stint in the 2. divisjon. They finished champions of the Second Group of 2. divisjon in 2008. However, Skeid relegated again to 2. divisjon at end of 2009 season in 16th and last position despite a good start. In 2018, Skeid won 2. divisjon group 1 and was promoted to the 1. divisjon.


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

ChampionshipsGold medalSilver medalBronze medal
Winter Olympics
World Allround 1969
World Sprint
European Allround 1969
Norwegian Allround 1969
Norwegian Sprint 1970


World record

Fornæss successively broke the 3,000 m record twice. world record:

3000 m 4.17,4January 28, 1969 Cortina d'Ampezzo

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com [2]

Personal records

To put these personal records in perspective, the column WR lists the official world records on the dates that Fornæss skated his personal records. [1]

500 m39.115 January 1972 Davos 38.0
1,000 m1:20.63 March 1971 Notodden 1:18.8
1,500 m2:01.9823 January 1972 Davos 1:58.7
3,000 m4:17.428 January 1969 Cortina d'Ampezzo 4:17.5
5,000 m7:20.64 March 1972 Inzell 7:12.0
10,000 m15:23.82 March 1969 Inzell 15:03.6
Big combination 171.75223 January 1972 Davos 168.248

Fornæss has an Adelskalender score of 170.010 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a 3rd place.

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  1. 1 2 Dag Fornæss Archived 2012-12-16 at the Wayback Machine.. sports-reference.com
  2. "Dag Fornæss". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.

Preceded by
Flag of Norway.svg Fred Anton Maier
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ard Schenk
Preceded by
Flag of Norway.svg Fred Anton Maier
Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
Succeeded by
Flag of Norway.svg Stig Berge