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Johann Olav Koss - 3 Speed Skating World Records | Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics
Johann Olav Koss - 3 Speed Skating World Records | Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics
Published: 2012/12/24
Channel: Olympic
1500 m Skøyter - Lillehammer OL - 16. februar 1994
1500 m Skøyter - Lillehammer OL - 16. februar 1994
Published: 2008/02/16
Channel: SamEyde
OL 1994 5000m Koss Lillehammer Norway
OL 1994 5000m Koss Lillehammer Norway
Published: 2015/03/24
Channel: Gunnar Roger Jensen
Johann Olav Koss On His Incredible Olympic Success | Olympic Records
Johann Olav Koss On His Incredible Olympic Success | Olympic Records
Published: 2014/02/01
Channel: Olympic
Johann Olav Koss on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos
Johann Olav Koss on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos
Published: 2008/06/19
Channel: Strombo
10000 m Skøyter - Lillehammer OL - 20. februar 1994
10000 m Skøyter - Lillehammer OL - 20. februar 1994
Published: 2008/01/13
Channel: SamEyde
Kopi av 10 000 M 1994 DEL 2
Kopi av 10 000 M 1994 DEL 2
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: saller terrer
Johann Olav Koss
Johann Olav Koss 'Record Breaker' - Part 6 - The Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Film | Olympic History
Published: 2014/12/17
Channel: Olympic
5000 m Skøyter - Lillehammer OL - 13. februar 1994
5000 m Skøyter - Lillehammer OL - 13. februar 1994
Published: 2008/02/12
Channel: SamEyde
De Olympische Droom (1/6): Koss en Veldkamp trainen 2 jaar samen voor OS 1994
De Olympische Droom (1/6): Koss en Veldkamp trainen 2 jaar samen voor OS 1994
Published: 2009/08/19
Channel: utuub2007
Johann Olav Koss on Gender Inequality & the Role of Sports
Johann Olav Koss on Gender Inequality & the Role of Sports
Published: 2011/06/15
Channel: Strombo
Zeeshan PTV News Report on Johan Olav Koss
Zeeshan PTV News Report on Johan Olav Koss
Published: 2011/08/23
Channel: Zeeshan Qayyum
Speed Skating, World Championships 1991 - Johann Olav Koss
Speed Skating, World Championships 1991 - Johann Olav Koss
Published: 2009/11/24
Channel: GundeWassberg
Johann Olav Koss Elfstedentocht 1997
Johann Olav Koss Elfstedentocht 1997
Published: 2012/02/07
Channel: RightToPlayNL
Lillehammer 1994  Johan Olav Koss 10000m Speed Skating
Lillehammer 1994 Johan Olav Koss 10000m Speed Skating
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: History of Sports
Right To Play UK | Adapt & Thrive  Johann Koss at TEDxLakeGeneva
Right To Play UK | Adapt & Thrive Johann Koss at TEDxLakeGeneva
Published: 2014/05/20
Channel: Right To Play UK
Johann Olav Koss 500m Pre-Race (1994 Olympics)
Johann Olav Koss 500m Pre-Race (1994 Olympics)
Published: 2015/06/29
Channel: iixdotbe
Ashoka Canada Fellow Johann Koss
Ashoka Canada Fellow Johann Koss
Published: 2010/04/02
Channel: Ashoka
Johann Koss accepts PPF Award
Johann Koss accepts PPF Award
Published: 2017/04/22
Channel: Public Policy Forum
Johann Olav Koss supports My law
Johann Olav Koss supports My law
Published: 2015/10/09
Channel: Plan International Norge
Winter Olympic Games Albertville 1992 - 1500 m Koss (Gold) - Hadschieff
Winter Olympic Games Albertville 1992 - 1500 m Koss (Gold) - Hadschieff
Published: 2016/03/19
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
Donovan Bailey Talks Greatness with Johann Koss
Donovan Bailey Talks Greatness with Johann Koss
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: CBC Sports
Johann Olav Koss and the next 10 years for Right To Play
Johann Olav Koss and the next 10 years for Right To Play
Published: 2010/11/17
Channel: Right To Play
World Championships Allround Calgary 1992 - 10 km Koss - Sighel
World Championships Allround Calgary 1992 - 10 km Koss - Sighel
Published: 2016/04/08
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
Thought Leader Global presents Johann Olav Koss
Thought Leader Global presents Johann Olav Koss
Published: 2016/12/13
Channel: Thought Leader Global
Olympic Gold Medalist Johann Olav Koss Supports 2012 Hours Against Hate
Olympic Gold Medalist Johann Olav Koss Supports 2012 Hours Against Hate
Published: 2012/07/13
Channel: 2011HoursAgainstHate
Kramer, Koss & Andersen - 5000m Speed Skating Record Breakers
Kramer, Koss & Andersen - 5000m Speed Skating Record Breakers
Published: 2015/10/09
Channel: Olympic
OL Lillehammer 1500 m Johan Olav Koss VR 1.51.29
OL Lillehammer 1500 m Johan Olav Koss VR 1.51.29
Published: 2015/12/31
Channel: Gunnar Roger Jensen
Johann Olav Koss
Johann Olav Koss
Published: 2016/11/15
Channel: wesaris
Johann Koss - Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist | President of Right To Play
Johann Koss - Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist | President of Right To Play
Published: 2013/02/06
Channel: Speakers' Spotlight
Winter Olympic Games Albertville 1992 - 10 km Koss - Tahmindjis
Winter Olympic Games Albertville 1992 - 10 km Koss - Tahmindjis
Published: 2016/03/21
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
Johann Olav Koss discusses Right To Play - March 27, 2013
Johann Olav Koss discusses Right To Play - March 27, 2013
Published: 2013/03/27
Channel: MLSEFoundation
True Sport - Johann Olav Koss
True Sport - Johann Olav Koss
Published: 2008/11/06
Channel: True Sport pur
Johann Olav Koss (Right To Play) congratulates Dam tot Dam runners
Johann Olav Koss (Right To Play) congratulates Dam tot Dam runners
Published: 2013/09/24
Channel: RightToPlayNL
Winter Olympic Games Albertville 1992 - 5 km Koss - Bengtsson
Winter Olympic Games Albertville 1992 - 5 km Koss - Bengtsson
Published: 2016/03/13
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
European Championships Heerenveen 1992 - 10 km Veldkamp - Koss
European Championships Heerenveen 1992 - 10 km Veldkamp - Koss
Published: 2015/11/29
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
Her går det galt for Johann Olav Koss
Her går det galt for Johann Olav Koss
Published: 2016/10/18
Channel: Dagbladet
World Championships Allround Calgary 1992 - 500 m Kah - Koss
World Championships Allround Calgary 1992 - 500 m Kah - Koss
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
Johan Olav Koss, founder of Right to Play
Johan Olav Koss, founder of Right to Play
Published: 2010/02/20
Channel: NOC*NSF
Johann Olav Koss
Johann Olav Koss
Published: 2012/11/08
Channel: ElvebyenDrammen
Interview Johann Olav Koss - Vancouver, February 2010
Interview Johann Olav Koss - Vancouver, February 2010
Published: 2010/02/21
Channel: CansportTV
European Championships Heerenveen 1992 - interview Koss (10 km)
European Championships Heerenveen 1992 - interview Koss (10 km)
Published: 2015/11/29
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
European Championships Heerenveen 1992 - interview Koss + results 5 km
European Championships Heerenveen 1992 - interview Koss + results 5 km
Published: 2015/11/27
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
European Championships Allround Sarajevo 1991 - 10 km Koss - Veldkamp
European Championships Allround Sarajevo 1991 - 10 km Koss - Veldkamp
Published: 2015/10/25
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
European Championships Heerenveen 1992 - 1500 m Koss - Anufrienko
European Championships Heerenveen 1992 - 1500 m Koss - Anufrienko
Published: 2015/11/27
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
Johann Olav Koss bedankt alle deelnemers van de Nationale Postcode Loterij
Johann Olav Koss bedankt alle deelnemers van de Nationale Postcode Loterij
Published: 2016/01/27
Channel: RightToPlayNL
From The Top with Johann Koss
From The Top with Johann Koss
Published: 2012/09/20
Channel: ThatChannel Podcast
Johann Olav Koss on Sport for Development programs
Johann Olav Koss on Sport for Development programs
Published: 2010/10/28
Channel: Right To Play
Johann Olav Koss
Johann Olav Koss' Frog Message for The Princes Rainforests Project
Published: 2009/10/26
Channel: rainforestsproject
Schaatsclinic met Johann Olav Koss
Schaatsclinic met Johann Olav Koss
Published: 2011/11/15
Channel: RightToPlayNL
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Johann Olav Koss
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Personal information
Born (1968-10-29) 29 October 1968 (age 48)
Drammen, Norway
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Sport
Country Norway
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1986
Retired 1994
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 37.98 (1994)
1000 m: 1:14.9 (1993)
1500 m: 1:51.29 (1994)
3000 m: 3:57.52 (1990)
5000 m: 6:34.96 (1994)
10 000 m: 13:30.55 (1994)

Johann Olav Koss, CM (born 29 October 1968) is a former speed skater from Norway. He won four Olympic gold medals, including three at the 1994 Winter Olympics in his home country. He resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Biography[edit]

Johann Olav Koss was born in Drammen, Buskerud County, Norway. Johann Olav Koss became the Norwegian Junior Champion in 1987, but he could not compete with the world top skaters in the 1986 and 1987 World Junior Championships. In 1988, he debuted with the seniors at the World Championships in Alma-Ata, but failed to qualify for the final distance. The following year, he finished eighth in the same tournament (after a fifteenth place in the European Allround Championships), placing second on the 1,500 m. His breakthrough came in 1990, winning the World Allround Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. The following four years, he would win two more world titles (1991 and 1994), while finishing second in 1993 and third in 1992. He won the European Allround Championships in 1991 and finished second in the next three editions. Koss had a total of twenty-three World Cup wins, while winning four overall World Cup titles (the 1,500 m in 1990 and 1991, and the combined 5,000/10,000 m in 1991 and 1994).

Koss made his Olympic debut at the 1992 Winter Olympics, finishing seventh on the 5,000 m, five days after undergoing surgery because of an inflamed pancreas. He would recover to win gold on the 1,500 m (by only 0.04 seconds over his countryman Ådne Søndrål) and silver on the 10,000 m (behind Dutch skater Bart Veldkamp).

In 1994, the final year of his speed skating career, Koss also gained fame outside the speed skating world by winning three gold medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics in his native Norway, winning all races in new world records, two of which would remain unbeaten until the clap skate era. For his performance, he was named Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year in 1994, together with Bonnie Blair. In addition, he received the Oscar Mathisen Award three times: in 1990, 1991, and 1994.

After his speed skating career, Koss trained as a physician at the University of Queensland in Australia.[1] He became a UNICEF ambassador and a member of the International Olympic Committee (until 2002). He married Canadian businessperson and politician Belinda Stronach on 31 December 1999, but they divorced in 2003.

in 2000, Koss founded the Canadian-based International Humanitarian Organisation, Right To Play, which uses sport and play as a tool for the development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. The organization operates in more than 20 countries reaching over one million children each week and is supported by more than 620 staff worldwide and over 14,900 volunteer Coaches.[2] In August 2015, Koss transitioned in to the role of Founder at Right To Play where he still stays very active in a variety of fundraising initiatives, and where he maintains his seat on the International Board of Directors.[2]

He married his second wife, Jennifer Lee, in New York on 23 May 2009. Lee's friend Chelsea Clinton was one of the bridesmaids.[3] Lee is a Harvard College, Oxford University and Harvard Business School graduate, and a former cellist who studied at The Juilliard School. She is the granddaughter of Kim Chung Yul,[4][better source needed] the former Prime Minister of South Korea and Chief of the Korean Armed Forces during the Korean War. She is the Co-Founder of a retail business called BRIKA which sells products from under-the-radar artisans and makers.[5] She is a former management consultant and most recently a private equity investment professional at Ontario Teachers' Private Capital in Toronto. They have three children together, Aksel, Annabelle and Andreas.

In November 2009, after American Peter Mueller was stripped of his coaching role with Norway for an inappropriate comment to a female team member, Koss was appointed head coach, despite no previous coaching experience. Association sporting director Oystein Haugen told Reuters that Koss has been a revelation despite no previous coaching experience.[6]

Koss completed his Executive MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management in the University of Toronto in Canada. He has Honorary Doctorates from several universities - Brock University, University of Calgary, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, and the University of Aust Agder in Norway.[2] On 1 July 2015, Koss was made an honorary Member of the Order of Canada.[7]

Medals[edit]

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

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1992 (1,500 m)
1994 (1,500 m)
1994 (5,000 m)
1994 (10,000 m)
1992 (10,000 m)
World Allround 1990
1991
1994
1993 1992
World Cup 1990 (1,500 m)
1991 (1,500 m)
1991 (5,000 m / 10,000 m)
1994 (5,000 m / 10,000 m)
1992 (1,500 m)
1992 (5,000 m / 10,000 m)
1993 (5,000 m / 10,000 m)
1990 (5,000 m / 10,000 m)
European Allround 1991 1992
1993
1994
Norwegian Allround 1991
1992
1993
1994
1989
1990
Norwegian Single Distance 1989 (1,500 m)
1989 (5,000 m)
1990 (1,500 m)
1990 (5,000 m)
1990 (10,000 m)
1991 (1,500 m)
1991 (5,000 m)
1991 (10,000 m)
1993 (1,000 m)
1993 (5,000 m)
1994 (1,500 m)
1989 (1,000 m)
1990 (1,000 m)
1992 (1,000 m)
1992 (5,000 m)
1988 (10,000 m)
1991 (1,000 m)
1992 (1,500 m)
1994 (5,000 m)
Norwegian Marathon 1988

Records[edit]

World records[edit]

Koss skated ten world records:

Event Time Date Venue
3000 m 3.57,52 13 March 1990 Heerenveen
5000 m 6.41,73 9 February 1991 Heerenveen
10,000 m 13.43,54 10 February 1991 Heerenveen
Big combination 157.396 10 February 1991 Heerenveen
5000 m 6.38,77 22 January 1993 Heerenveen
5000 m 6.36,57 13 March 1993 Heerenveen
5000 m 6.35,53 4 December 1993 Hamar
5000 m 6.34,96 13 February 1994 Hamar
1500 m 1.51,29 16 February 1994 Hamar
10,000 m 13.30,55 20 February 1994 Hamar

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[8]

Personal records[edit]

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

Event Result Date Venue WR
500 m 37.98 7 January 1994 Hamar 35.92
1,000 m 1:14.9  10 January 1993 Hamar 1:12.58
1,500 m 1:51.29 16 February 1994 Hamar 1:51.60
3,000 m 3:57.52 13 March 1990 Heerenveen 3:59.27
5,000 m 6:34.96 13 February 1994 Hamar 6:35.53
10,000 m 13:30.55 20 February 1994 Hamar 13:43.54
Big combination 157.257 9 January 1994 Hamar 156.882

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[9]

Koss was number one on the Adelskalender, the all-time allround speed skating ranking, for a total of 1,998 days, divided over three periods between 1992 and 1997. He has an Adelskalender score of 155.099 points.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olympians at UQ
  2. ^ a b c "People". www.righttoplay.com. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  3. ^ "-Verdens beste brud" Dagbladet 24. mai, 2009
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ Governal General site announcing Koss' C.M.
  8. ^ "Johann Olav Koss". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Johann Olav Koss". SpeedskatingResults.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 

Other sources[edit]

  • 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 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.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Netherlands Leo Visser
Oscar Mathisen Award
1990–1991
Succeeded by
United States Bonnie Blair
Preceded by
Netherlands Falko Zandstra
Oscar Mathisen Award
1994
Succeeded by
Germany Gunda Niemann
Preceded by
Spain Miguel Indurain
United Press International
Athlete of the Year

1994
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Jonathan Edwards
Preceded by
Norway Atle Skårdal
Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
1991
Succeeded by
Norway Vegard Ulvang
Preceded by
Norway Norway national football team
Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
Norway Bjørn Dæhlie

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