Hjalmar Andersen


OSLO, Norway (AP) - Hjalmar Andersen, a Norwegian speedskater who won three gold medals at the 1952 Winter Olympics, has died. He was 90.

The Norwegian Skating Association said Andersen, known to many Norwegians as Hjallis, died Wednesday after falling earlier this week at his home. The cause of death was not given.

In the early 1950s, Andersen was considered the world's best skater. He was the world all-round champion for three years, won a European title and set world records in 1950, 1951 and 1952. He also set the 10,000-meter world record in 1949, becoming the first to cover the distance in less than 17 minutes.

At the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, he won gold in the 1,500, the 5,000 and the 10,000. Two years later, he won two European Championship titles and took silver in the overall standings.

He qualified for the 1956 Olympics but finished sixth in the 10,000.

Norwegian sports minister Hadia Tajik called Andersen "a legen d," and media in the country dubbed him "one of Norway's most popular sportsmen ever."

Three Norwegian cities have statues of him.

Andersen married his teenage sweetheart Gerd, with whom he had three children. She died in 2003.

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I sent my sympathy to the Andersen family im sorry for your loss but i have the confidence that God will take away death forever, hope you see your loved one soon.

My condolences are being sent to the Andersen Family. May you have confidence in the Holy Scriptures that we all will enjoy a life of no more death in God's due time.

May you draw close to God through prayer during this time of sadness, "Before him pour out your heart" God is a refuge for us. {Psalms 62:8}

May the Andersen family be comforted by the scripture found at -Psalms.147:3 where our heavenly father promises that he will help and heal the broken hearted ones.B.Meill NO,LA

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

My condolences to the Hjalmar family & friends. Praying that the God of comfort can be there 4 your family.

God has said "happy are those who mourn,since they will be comforted." my sincere sympathy to the Anderson family....mjg