Harald Strøm

Harald Strøm
Personal information
Born (1897-10-14)October 14, 1897
Horten, Norway
Died December 25, 1977(1977-12-25) (aged 80)
Borre, Norway
Country Norway
Sport Speed skating
Retired 1928

Harald Strøm (14 October 1897 – 25 December 1977) was a Norwegian speed skater, world champion, European champion and world record holder on 5000 metres. He was also a football player, national champion with his club, and playing for the national football team.

Speed skating

He set his first speed skating world record on 5000m in 1921 (8:27.7), being the first to break the magic 8:30.[1] He improved his own record in 1922 (8:26.5). His record lasted for seven years, until Ivar Ballangrud overtook the record with 8:24.2 in 1929.[1]

Strøm won a gold medal at the 1922 World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Men, winning both the 5000m and 10000m, and he received a silver medal in 1923.[2] He received a gold medal at the 1923 European Allround Championships, where he also won the 5000m distance.

He was flag bearer for Norway at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix. He finished 5th on the three longest distances, and 4th allround. He represented Horten SK.


World records

Over the course of his career, Strøm skated two world records:

5000 m8:27.7February 20, 1921 Kristiania
5000 m8:26.5February 18, 1922Kristiania

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[3]

Personal records

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 45.2 18 February 1922 Kristiania
1500 2:24.2 2 February 1923 Hamar
5000 8:26.5 18 February 1922 Kristiania
10000 17:32.8 19 February 1921 Kristiania

Source: Sports-reference.com[4]& SpeedSkatingNews.info[5]


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

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
World Allround 1922 1923
European Allround 1923
Norwegian Allround

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[3] & Skoyteforbundet.no[6]


Strøm played for the football club Ørn Horten, and became two times Norwegian champion, in 1920 and in 1927. Strøm also played in the Cup final in 1916 and 1926, which Ørn lost. He played sixteen matches for the Norwegian national team between 1918 and 1927.[7]


Harald Strøm was awarded Egebergs Ærespris in 1921.[8]


  1. 1 2 Historical World RecordsInternational Skating Union (Retrieved on April 9, 2008)
  2. Medal Winners in World Allround ChampionshipsInternational Skating Union (Retrieved on April 9, 2008)
  3. 1 2 "Harald Strøm (NOR)". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  4. "Harald Strøm". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  5. "Skater business card of Harald Strøm". SpeedSkatingNews.info. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  6. "Skoyteforbundet Allround results" (PDF). skoyteforbundet.no. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  7. "Harald Strøm (1897–1977)". FK Ørn-Horten. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  8. Bryhn, Rolf. "Egebergs ærespris – Egebergs ærespris". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
Preceded by
Helge Løvland
Egebergs Ærespris
Succeeded by
Ole Reistad

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