Magne Thomassen

Magne Thomassen

Thomassen with coaches at the 1968 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1941-05-01) 1 May 1941
Melhus, Norway
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Country Norway
Sport Men's speed skating
Club Trondhjems Skøiteklub
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 39.8 (1970)
1000 m: 1:21.0 (1971)
1500 m: 2:02.5 (1968)
3000 m: 4:23.1 (1968)
5000 m: 7:22.3 (1969)
10 000 m: 15:23.3 (1969)

Magne Thomassen (born 1 May 1941) is a former speed skater from Norway. He participated in international championships over a period of more than ten years. He took part in 23 country matches for Norway in the period 1959–1971[1] and competed in the European Speed Skating Championships, World Allround Speed Skating Championships and World Sprint Speed Skating Championships between 1962 and 1972.


After setting a world record on the 1,500 meters with the time 2:02.5 on 5 February 1972, Magne Thomassen conquered the first position on the Adelskalenderen ranking for a period of two days until Kees Verkerk regained that position.[2]

Thomassen became Norwegian allround champion in 1968.[3] He became the first winner of the Norwegian sprint speed skating championship in 1970, a title he also won the year thereafter.[4]

Thomassen won silver in the 500 m event of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games,[5] silver in the World Allround Speed Skating Championships in 1968 and 1970, bronze in the 1970 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships as well as bronze in the 1968 allround European Speed Skating Championships.

He represented the club Trondhjems Skøiteklub.[6]


World record

1500 m2.02,55 February 1968Switzerland Davos


Personal records

To put these personal records in perspective, the WR column lists the official world records on the dates that Thomassen skated his personal records.[5]

500 m39.827 January 1970Cortina d'Ampezzo38.87
1,000 m1:21.020 February 1971Inzell1:19.2
1,500 m2:02.55 February 1968Davos2:03.9
3,000 m4:23.128 January 1969Cortina d'Ampezzo4:17.5
5,000 m7:22.31 March 1969Inzell7:16.7
10,000 m15:23.310 March 1968Inzell15:20.3
Big combination173.25210 March 1968Inzell176.340

Note that Thomassen's score on the Big combination was no world record because Kees Verkerk skated an even lower total of points on that day.


  1. Eng & Petersen 1986, p. 97.
  2. Evolution of the Adelskalender
  3. Eng & Teigen 2005, p. 26.
  4. Eng & Teigen 2005, p. 42.
  5. 1 2 Magne Thomassen.
  6. Bryhn, Rolf (2007). "Trondhjems Skøiteklub". In Henriksen, Petter. Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  7. "Magne Thomassen". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  • Eng, Trond. All Time International Championships, Complete Results: 1889 – 2002. Askim, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 2002.
  • Eng, Trond; Gjerde, Arild and Teigen, Magne. Norsk Skøytestatistikk Gjennom Tidene, Menn/Kvinner, 1999 (6. utgave). Askim/Skedsmokorset/Veggli, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 1999.
  • Eng, Trond; Gjerde, Arild; Teigen, Magne and Teigen, Thorleiv. Norsk Skøytestatistikk Gjennom Tidene, Menn/Kvinner, 2004 (7. utgave). Askim/Skedsmokorset/Veggli/Hokksund, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 2004.
  • Eng, Trond and Petersen, Preben Gorud. Norges Landskamper, Komplette resultater 1929 – 86. Veggli, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 1986.
  • Eng, Trond and Teigen, Magne. Komplette Resultater fra offisielle Norske Mesterskap på skøyter, 1894 – 2005. Askim/Veggli, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 2005.
  • Teigen, Magne. Komplette Resultater Norske Mesterskap På Skøyter, 1887 – 1989: Menn/Kvinner, Senior/Junior. Veggli, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 1989.
  • Teigen, Magne. Komplette Resultater Internasjonale Mesterskap 1889 – 1989: Menn/Kvinner, Senior/Junior, allround/sprint. Veggli, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 1989.

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