Birger Wasenius

Olympic medalist

Birger Wasenius (1939)
Medal record
Representing  Finland
Men’s speed skating
1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1,500 m
1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 5,000 m
1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 10,000 m

Birger Wasenius (7 December 1911 2 January 1940) was a Finnish World Champion in speed skating. He was born in Helsinki.

Wasenius reached the world top in 1933 when he won a silver medal at the European Allround Championships. More medals soon followed, including two silver medals and one bronze medal at the 1936 Winter Olympics of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but none of them were gold. Most of the gold medals those days went to Norwegian skater Ivar Ballangrud. In fact, four of the six silver medals Wasenius won at the Winter Olympics, the World Allround Championships, and the European Allround Championships were behind Ballangrud. Finally, at the 1939 World Allround Championships of Helsinki, his city of birth, Wasenius became World Allround Champion, winning the 1,500 m and finishing second on the other three distances.

At the end of 1939, the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union broke out, and Wasenius was killed early 1940 while fighting for the Finnish army on the islands of Lake Ladoga.


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

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1936 (5,000 m)
1936 (10,000 m)
1936 (1,500 m)
World Allround 1939 1934
European Allround 1933 1935

In addition, Wasenius won the Finnish National Allround Championships in 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, and 1939 a total of six times.

Personal records

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

500 m43.45 February 1938Davos42.3
1,500 m2:18.231 January 1937Davos2:17.4
3,000 m4:55.730 January 1937Davos4:49.6
5,000 m8:21.331 January 1937Davos8:17.2
10,000 m17:28.214 February 1936Garmisch-Partenkirchen17:17.4

Wasenius has an Adelskalender score of 192.006 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a third place.


This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 3/29/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.