Speed Skating Hall of Fame

Michael Staksrud

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.

Staksrud 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 earlier.

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.

Frogner 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.

He 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

Career summary


Podia at championships

yearpositionchampionshipplace
19293 World Championship AllroundOsloNOR
19301 World Championship AllroundOsloNOR
2 European Championship AllroundNidaros (Trondheim)NOR
19322 World Championship AllroundLake PlacidUSA
19332 World Championship AllroundTrondheimNOR
19341 European Championship AllroundHamarNOR
19351 World Championship AllroundOsloNOR
19371 World Championship AllroundOsloNOR
1 European Championship AllroundDavosSUI

World Records

#disciplinerecorddateplace
13000 meters4:59.1Feb 25, 1933HamarNOR
21500 meters2:14.9Jan 31, 1937DavosSUI

Personal Bests

distancetimedateplace
500m0:42.8Jan 30, 1937DavosSUI
1000m1:32.3Feb 3, 1929HamarNOR
1500m2:14.4Jan 29, 1939DavosSUI
3000m4:55.2Jan 30, 1937DavosSUI
5000m8:19.9Feb 4, 1933HamarNOR
10,000m17:23.2Feb 5, 1928DavosSUI