Alv GJESTVANG

Norway NOR

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    1 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956
  • Year of Birth
    1937
Olympic Results

Biography

Alv GJESTVANG

Alv Gjestvang was a sprinter in an era where separate sprinting competitions were non-existent. On two occasions, Gjestvang qualified for the World Championships, placing third in the 500 m in both 1956 and 1959. His best results, however, came at the Olympics. At the Cortina Games, the 18-year-old prevented an all-Soviet podium by winning the bronze. Eight years later, he was involved in a three-way tie for silver, skating the fastest race of his life with 40.6. At the Norwegian Championships, Gjestvang never qualified for the final distance, but collected six distance wins in the 500 m between 1959 and 1965. He later ran a barbershop in Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Olympics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.6 (1964); 1500 – 2:14.2 (1960); 5000 – 8:35.1 (1958); 10000 – 18:19.2 (1958).

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1964

S
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Squaw Valley 1960

#6
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956

B
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating