Born: June 2, 1908 - Tingelstad (NOR)
Died: November 10, 1940 - Gjersjøen (meer) (NOR)
Michael Staksrud was born in Gran and he was one of the members of the
famous "Hadeland trio" (Ballangrud, Staksrud and Engnestangen) who
dominated both Norwegian and international speed skating in the 1930s.
He was three times World Champion, two times European Champion and three
times Norwegian Champion. He was among the best skaters for more than
10 years and 10 times he placed among the 6 best in the World
Championships. He had quit speed skating before the season 1937, when
Ivar Ballangrud persuaded him to continue training. This would prove to
be his best season. He won both the European and the World title.
only held two World Record in his career. In 1933 he was the first to
hold an official 3000 m World Record under 5 minutes, when he did 4.59,1
at Hamar. Oscar Mathisen had done 4.58,8 in a pursuit-style race 25
years earlier and Engnestangen 4.59,2 in a non-approbated race one month
His second was a memorable World Record - 31 January
1937 he broke Oscar Mathisen's legendary 1500 m World Record (2.17,4)
during the European Championships in Davos. In a very close race with
Hans Engnestangen he won by a tenth - Staksrud got 2.14,9 and
Engnestangen 2.15,0. This made him the first to skate a 1500 m under
2.15, and he also entered the top of the Adelskalender - the first with
total points under 190.000 (42.8 - 2.14.9 - 8.19.9 - 17.23.2 = 189.916).
He stayed there almost 2 years until 28 January 1939.
Stadium was his lucky place - all his World Titles and his first
national title were won at Frogner. Together with Hans Engnestangen he
represented Hamar and was coached by former top-skater Peter Sinnerud.
was never in top shape during the Olympic Games, a 7th place in the
5000 m 1928 is his best result. He drowned during tragic circumstances
in November 1940.
Bjarte Hetland, December 1, 2013
Podia at championships
|1929||3 ||World Championship Allround||Oslo||NOR|
|1930||1 ||World Championship Allround||Oslo||NOR|
|2 ||European Championship Allround||Nidaros (Trondheim)||NOR|
|1932||2 ||World Championship Allround||Lake Placid||USA|
|1933||2 ||World Championship Allround||Trondheim||NOR|
|1934||1 ||European Championship Allround||Hamar||NOR|
|1935||1 ||World Championship Allround||Oslo||NOR|
|1937||1 ||World Championship Allround||Oslo||NOR|
|1 ||European Championship Allround||Davos||SUI|
|1||3000 meters||4:59.1||Feb 25, 1933||Hamar||NOR|
|2||1500 meters||2:14.9||Jan 31, 1937||Davos||SUI|
|500m||0:42.8||Jan 30, 1937||Davos||SUI|
|1000m||1:32.3||Feb 3, 1929||Hamar||NOR|
|1500m||2:14.4||Jan 29, 1939||Davos||SUI|
|3000m||4:55.2||Jan 30, 1937||Davos||SUI|
|5000m||8:19.9||Feb 4, 1933||Hamar||NOR|
|10,000m||17:23.2||Feb 5, 1928||Davos||SUI|