Rolf Falk-Larssen

Rolf Falk-Larssen

Rolf Falk-Larssen
Personal information
Born (1960-02-21) 21 February 1960
Trondheim, Norway
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Country Norway
Sport Men's speed skating
Club Trondhjems Skøiteklub
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 37.88 (1988)
1000 m: 1:15.42 (1988)
1500 m: 1:54.26 (1987)
3000 m: 4:02.79 (1987)
5000 m: 6:50.93 (1987)
10 000 m: 14:30.34 (1982)

Rolf Falk-Larssen (born 21 February 1960) is a former speed skater. Representing Trondhjems Skøiteklub,[1] Rolf Falk-Larssen made his international debut at the European Allround Championships of 1982 and he was in the lead after three distances. On the final distance (the 10,000 m), he was paired against Tomas Gustafson, the number two after three distances. With just one lap left to go in that 10,000 m, it seemed that Falk-Larssen would be crowned as the new European Champion, but Gustafson skated an extraordinary last lap, setting a new world record of 14:23.59, and beating Falk-Larssen (who skated a great 14:30.34– a new Norwegian record) by 0.021 points (equivalent to just 0.42 seconds of difference on the 10,000 m). So Falk-Larssen won silver, and he would win a second European Allround silver medal in 1984. Three weeks later, at the 1982 World Allround Championships, Falk-Larssen won bronze.

In 1983, at the age of 22, Falk-Larssen won the World Allround Championships in Oslo. Winning three out of four distances, he managed to leave Tomas Gustafson behind before the final distance, the 10,000 m. Falk-Larssen finished the 10,000 m in thirteenth place, 37 seconds behind Gustafson, and if samalog scores had been used, he would have been number two. However, the rule at the time was that anyone who won three distances was World Champion (a remnant from pre-World-War-I days, when a skater had to win at least three distances to become World Champion). Segments of the crowd thought Falk-Larssen did not give his utmost during the final 10,000 m race, and he was booed during many of the laps. This was the only time in history that the World Champion had a worse samalog score than the number two, and it eventually resulted in the abolishment of the three-distance-wins rule in favour of ranking by samalog points exclusively (the Lex Gustafson, from 1987 onwards). For his accomplishments in 1983, Falk-Larssen received the Oscar Mathisen Award.

Being a typical allrounder, Falk-Larssen was not specialised enough to win an Olympic medal; he participated in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, but his best result in six races during those two Olympics was only a twelfth place. Falk-Larssen twice held world records in the allround small combination (500 m– 3,000 m– 1,500 m– 5,000 m), in 1982 and 1983. Falk-Larssen competed internationally until 1994. He won numerous medals at various Norwegian Championships.


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

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics
World Allround 1983 1982
World Sprint
World Cup 1988 (1,500 m)
European Allround 1982
Norwegian Allround 1982
Norwegian Sprint 1982
Norwegian Single Distance 1988 (1,000 m)
1988 (1,500 m)
1993 (1,500 m)
1988 (500 m)
1993 (5,000 m)
1994 (1,000 m)


World records

Over the course of his career, Falk-Larssen skated two world records:

Small combination162.734January 17, 1982 Davos
Small combination161.758January 23, 1983 Davos


Personal records

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

500 m37.885 March 1988Medeo36.45
1,000 m1:15.4218 February 1988Calgary1:12.58
1,500 m1:54.2621 March 1987Heerenveen1:52.70
3,000 m4:02.7919 March 1987Heerenveen4:03.22
5,000 m6:50.934 December 1987Calgary6:45.44
10,000 m14:30.3431 January 1982Oslo14:26.71
Big combination162.06215 February 1987Heerenveen160.807

Note that Falk-Larssen's personal record on the 3,000 m was not a world record because Leo Visser skated 3:59.27 at the same tournament.

Falk-Larssen has an Adelskalender score of 160.576 points. His highest ranking on the Adelskalender was a ninth place.


  1. Bryhn, Rolf (2007). "Trondhjems Skøiteklub". In Henriksen, Petter. Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  2. "Rolf Falk-Larssen". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
Preceded by
Sweden Tomas Gustafson
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Canada Gaétan Boucher

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