Fred Anton Maier

Not to be confused with Fred Anton.
Fred Anton Maier

Maier, January 1968
Personal information
Born (1938-12-15)15 December 1938
Nøtterøy, Norway
Died 9 June 2015(2015-06-09) (aged 76)
Nøtterøy, Norway
Country Norway
Sport Men's speed skating
Club Tønsbergs TF
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 41.8 (1968)
1000 m: 1:24.3
1500 m: 2:06.1 (1968)
3000 m: 4:17.5 (1968)
5000 m: 7:16.7 (1968)
10 000 m: 15:20.3 (1968)

Fred Anton Maier (15 December 1938 – 9 June 2015) was a speed skater from Norway. He was among the dominating skaters throughout the 1960s, specialising in the longer distances. Maier won four Olympic medals: silver on the 10,000 m and bronze on the 5,000 m at the 1964 Olympics, and gold on the 5,000 m and silver on the 10,000 m at the 1968 Olympics. In 1968, he also became European and World Allround Champion. In total, Maier set eleven world records. For a brief week in 1968 he held four world records simultaneously, the 3,000 m, 5,000 m, 10,000 m, and the allround samalogue record.

In addition, Maier excelled in cycling, winning two National Time Trial Championships bronze medals (in 1957 and 1967). In 1967, he was awarded the Egebergs Ærespris and in 1968, he won the Oscar Mathisen Award and was chosen Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year.

Maier died from cancer on 9 June 2015 at the age of 76.[1]


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

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1968 (5,000 m) 1964 (10,000 m)
1968 (10,000 m)
1964 (5,000 m)
World Allround 1968
European Allround 1968
Norwegian Allround 1965 1966


World records

Over the course of his career, Maier skated eleven world records:

5000 m7.28,14 March 1965 NotoddenBeaten by Kees Verkerk on 26 February 1967
10,000 m15.32,26 February 1966 OsloBeaten by Maier himself (see below)
Big combination178.2536 February 1966 OsloBeaten by Kees Verkerk on 12 February 1967
10,000 m15.31,828 February 1967 InzellBeaten by Maier himself (see below)
5000 m7.26,27 January 1968 DeventerBeaten by Maier himself (see below)
10,000 m15.29,521 January 1968 HortenBeaten by Maier himself (see below)
10,000 m15.20,328 January 1968 OsloBeaten by Per Willy Guttormsen on 10 March 1968
5000 m7.22,415 February 1968 GrenobleBeaten by Maier himself (see below)
Big combination176.34025 February 1968 GothenburgBeaten by Kees Verkerk on 10 March 1968
3000 m4.17,57 March 1968 InzellBeaten by Dag Fornæss on 28 January 1969
5000 m7.16,79 March 1968 InzellBeaten by Kees Verkerk on 1 March 1969


Personal records

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

500 m41.83 February 1968Davos39.2
1,000 m1:24.31 December 1968Inzell1:20.5
1,500 m2:06.110 March 1968Inzell2:02.5
3,000 m4:17.57 March 1968Inzell4:18.4
5,000 m7:16.79 March 1968Inzell7:22.4
10,000 m15:20.328 January 1968Bislett15:29.5

Maier has an Adelskalender score of 173.518 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a second place.



  1. Fred Anton Maier er død (Norwegian)
  2. "Fred Anton Maier". Retrieved 29 August 2012.

Preceded by
Norway Ole Ellefsæter
Egebergs Ærespris
Succeeded by
Norway Frithjof Prydz
Preceded by
Netherlands Kees Verkerk
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Norway Dag Fornæss
Preceded by
Norway Bjørn Wirkola
Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
Succeeded by
Norway Dag Fornæss

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