Fred Anton MAIER

Norway NOR

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    2 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Innsbruck 1964
  • Year of Birth
    1938
Olympic Results

Biography

Fred Anton MAIER

Fred Anton Maier, born on the island of Nøtterøy outside of Tønsberg, was one of the best long-distance skaters for several years, and earned two medals at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games – silver (10,000 m) and bronze (5,000 m). It was not until he improved in the shorter distances that he could win international all-around titles. He had his top season in 1968 when he became Olympic champion, World Champion and European Champion in the 5,000 m. Very surprisingly; he was beaten by the Swede Johnny Höglin by 0.3 seconds in the Olympic 10,000 m, usually Maier's best distance. Maier set a total of 11 World Records, four of which were over 10,000 m. He was also the first man to beat both 7:30.0 and 7:20.0 over 5,000 m. Maier’s only Norwegian all-around title came in 1965, although he would place second in the three succeeding years. He was also a good cyclist, with bronze medals from the national time trial championships in 1957 and 1967. In 1967 he was awarded Egebergs Ærespris for his achievements in two different sports. The very popular Maier was also awarded the Oscar Mathisen Trophy in 1968. Off the ice, Maier ran a farm on Nøtterøy. His son, Ole Fredrik was a promising junior skater in the 1980s.

Personal Bests\: 500 – 41.8 (1968); 1000 – 1:24.3 (1969); 1500 – 2:06.1 (1968); 5000 – 7:16.7 (1968); 10000 – 15:20.3 (1968).

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Grenoble 1968

S
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating
G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1964

S
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating
B
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating