Jan Egil Storholt
|Is||Athlete Speed skater|
|Birth||13 February 1949, Meldal, Sør-Trøndelag, Trøndelag, Norway|
Jan Egil Storholt (born 13 February 1949) is a former speed skater from Norway. He was born in Trondheim.
Together with Amund Sjøbrend, Sten Stensen, and Kay Stenshjemmet, Jan Egil Storholt was one of the legendary four S-es (which sounds like "four aces" in Norwegian), four Norwegian top skaters in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Storholt was born in Trondheim, but grew up in the village of Løkken nearby. He became a member of sports club Falken ("Falcon") in Trondheim. Falken was the club 1948 Olympic 1,500 m Champion Sverre Farstad and three-time 1952 Olympic Champion (on the 1,500 m, 5000 m, and 10000 m) Hjalmar Andersen had skated for.
Storholt was the Norwegian Junior Champion in 1969, but when he was almost killed in a mining accident in 1970, he was told he would probably not be able to compete at the highest levels again, and it seemed that his promising career had already come to an end. However, Storholt's determination got him back to the Norwegian top by 1972. After some of the best Norwegian speed skaters had turned professional in 1973 (and therefore also could no longer participate in the Olympic Games), Storholt suddenly was one of the best Norwegian amateurs.
It still took until 1976 for his first major international successes: After having won bronze at the European Allround Championships that year, Storholt went on to win Olympic gold on the 1,500 m in Innsbruck. This made him the third Olympic 1,500 m Champion for sports club Falken. In 1977 he became European Allround Champion and was narrowly defeated by Eric Heiden in the World Allround Championships. He won silver behind Heiden in three consecutive World Championships, and became European Allround Champion for the second time in 1979. This year he won his only Norwegian allround title as a senior.
Storholt ended his speed skating career in 1981, after having won bronze in the World Championships.
An overview of medals won by Storholt at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:
|Championships||Gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
|Winter Olympics||1976 (1500 m)||–||–|
Over the course of his career, Storholt skated two world records:
|1500 m||1.55,18||March 20, 1977||Medeo|
|Big combination||163.221||March 20, 1977||Medeo|
To put these personal records in perspective, the WR column lists the official world records on the dates that Storholt skated his personal records.
|500 m||38.07||19 March 1977||Medeo||37.00|
|1000 m||1:16.77||3 January 1978||Oslo||1:15.33|
|1500 m||1:55.18||20 March 1977||Medeo||1:55.61|
|3000 m||4:09.05||2 March 1978||Inzell||4:08.3|
|5000 m||7:01.16||19 March 1977||Medeo||7:02.38|
|10000 m||14:49.26||19 March 1978||Medeo||14:33.34|
|Big combination||163.221||20 March 1977||Medeo||165.884|
Note that Storholt's personal record on the 5,000 m was not a world record because Kay Stenshjemmet skated 6:56.9 at the same tournament.
Storholt was number one on the Adelskalender, the all-time allround speed skating ranking, for a total of 30 days, divided over two short periods in 1977 and 1978. He has an Adelskalender score of 163.042 points.