Born: July 7, 1963 - Lillestrøm (NOR)
Geir Karlstad, from Lillestrøm, was one of the best long distance
skaters during the 1980s. He was unlucky during the Olympic Games in
1984 and 1988, but he finally got his deserved Olympic gold in
Albertville 1992; he won the 5000 meters and he got a bronze medal on
the 10,000 meters.
In the Olympic season 1987/1988 he started the
season by lowering the 5000 meters world record twice, and lowering
both the 5000 and the 10,000 meters world record at the opening races of
the Olympic Oval in Calgary. Naturally he was one of the favourites for
the Olympic Games at the same rink, but he was out of shape and failed.
He placed 7th on the 5000 meters and fell and never finished his 10,000
He started his international career by winning the World
Junior Championships 1982. He had 10 distance wins and 27 podium
positions in international senior championships, but his sprint was not
good enough, and his only championships medal were bronze medals in the
World and European Championships 1989. He was World Cup winner
5000/10,000 meters in 1987 and 1992 and he won 17 World Cup races
through his career.
Karlstad had decided to continue until the
Olympic Games on his home ground, but he was badly injured in his back
when preparing for the season 1992/93, and he had to end his speed
From 1998 to 2002, he was the national team coach of the Norwegian speed skating team.
He was awarded the Oscar Mathisen Award in 1986.
Highest rank on the Adelskalender: 7 (1987).
Bjarte Hetland, December 22, 2013
Podia at championships
|1989||3 ||World Championship Allround||Oslo||NOR|
|3 ||European Championship Allround||Göteborg||SWE|
|1992||1 ||Olympic Winter Games 5000 meters||Albertville||FRA|
|3 ||Olympic Winter Games 10,000 meters||Albertville||FRA|
|1||10,000 meters||14:12.14||Feb 16, 1986||Inzell||FRG|
|2||10,000 meters||14:03.92||Feb 15, 1987||Heerenveen||NED|
|3||5000 meters||6:45.44||Nov 22, 1987||Heerenveen||NED|
|4||5000 meters||6:43.59||Dec 4, 1987||Calgary||CAN|
|5||10,000 meters||13:48.51||Dec 6, 1987||Calgary||CAN|
|500m||0:39.41||Jan 17, 1992||Heerenveen||NED|
|1000m||1:22.5||Jan 25, 1981||Notodden||NOR|
|1500m||1:55.24||Mar 22, 1992||Calgary||CAN|
|3000m||3:59.78||Mar 19, 1987||Heerenveen||NED|
|5000m||6:43.59||Dec 4, 1987||Calgary||CAN|
|10,000m||13:48.29||Jan 19, 1992||Heerenveen||NED|