Knut Johannesen

Knut Johannesen

Knut Johannesen in 1962
Personal information
Nickname(s) Kupper'n
Nationality Norwegian
Born (1933-11-06) 6 November 1933
Oslo, Norway
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Country Norway
Sport Speed skating
Club Aktiv SK, Oslo
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 42.3 (1960)
1000 m: 1:31.0 (1954)
1500 m: 2:09.4 (1963)
3000 m: 4:28.7 (1964)
5000 m: 7:38.7 (1963)
10 000 m: 15:42.9 (1964)

Knut ("Kupper'n") Johannesen (born 6 November 1933) is a former speed skater from Norway.


Born in Oslo and representing the skating club ASK (Arbeidernes Skøyteklubb – later called Aktiv Skøyteklubb) Johannesen won the World Allround Championships in 1957 and 1964, the European Allround Championships in 1959 and 1960, and won the Norwegian Allround Championships eight times (1955 and 1957–1963). He was Olympic Champion twice – on the 10,000 m at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley and on the 5,000 m at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. He led the Adelskalender for a total of 1,100 days. For his achievements, he received the 1959 Oscar Mathisen Award and was elected Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year in 1960.[1]

Johannesen also set a total of four world records over the course of his career, the most famous of which was his 15:46.6 on the 10,000 m at the 1960 Olympics. The Soviet-Russian skaters Nikolay Shtelbaums and Vladimir Shilykovsky had earlier improved on the equally famous 1952 world record 16.32.6 of Hjalmar Andersen, but his time of 15:46.6, along with Kjell Bäckman's time of 16:14.2 from an earlier pair, was the first officially recognised world record achievement since 1952.

Beside skating, Johannesen worked as a carpenter and later ran a gas station.[1]


World records

Over the course of his career, Johannesen skated four world records:

10,000 m15.46,627 February 1960 Squaw Valley
3000 m4.33,912 January 1963 Tønsberg
Big combination183.03520 January 1963 Hamar
5000 m7.37,826 January 1963 Oslo


Personal records

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

500 m42.324 February 1960Squaw Valley40.2
1,000 m1:31.02 February 1954Davos1:28.4
1,500 m2:09.424 February 1963Karuizawa2:06.3
3,000 m4:28.711 February 1964Oslo4:27.6
5,000 m7:37.826 January 1963Oslo7:45.6
10,000 m15:42.919 January 1964Oslo15:33.0

Johannesen has an Adelskalender score of 178.358 points. He held first place on the Adelskalender for a total of 1,100 days during two periods between 1960 and 1964.[3]



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  2. "Knut Johannesen". Retrieved 29 August 2012.


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Preceded by
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Boris Stenin
Preceded by
Norway Torbjørn Yggeseth
Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
Succeeded by
Norway Harald Grønningen

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