Johann Olav Koss

Speed Skater
Born Oct 29, 1968

Johann Olav Koss is a former speed skater from Norway, considered to be one of the best in history, and current assistant coach of Norway's speed skating team.

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  • Right To Play Leader Johann Olav Koss Honored In Dc
    USA Today - Nov 14, 2013
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    Huffington Post - Sep 20, 2013
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    Yahoo News - Dec 29, 2012
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Johann Olav Koss.


1968 Birth Born on October 29, 1968.


1987 18 Years Old Johann Olav Koss was born in Drammen, Buskerud County, Norway. Johann Olav Koss became the Norwegian Junior Champion in 1987, but he could not compete with the world top skaters in the 1986 and 1987 World Junior Championships.
1988 19 Years Old In 1988, he debuted with the seniors at the World Championships in Alma-Ata, but failed to qualify for the final distance. … Read More


1990 21 Years Old 1 More Event
His breakthrough came in 1990, winning the World Allround Championships in Innsbruck, Austria. … Read More
1991 22 Years Old He won the European Allround Championships in 1991 and finished second in the next three editions. … Read More
1992 23 Years Old Koss made his Olympic debut at the 1992 Winter Olympics, finishing seventh on the 5,000 m, five days after undergoing surgery because of an inflamed pancreas. … Read More
1994 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, the final year of his speed skating career, Koss also gained fame outside the speed skating world by winning three gold medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics in his native Norway, winning all races in new world records, two of which would remain unbeaten until the clap skate era.


1999 30 Years Old He married Canadian businessperson and politician Belinda Stronach on 31 December 1999, but they divorced in 2003.
2000 31 Years Old in 2000, Koss founded the Canadian-based International Humanitarian Organisation, Right To Play, which uses sport and play as a tool for the development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. … Read More


2009 40 Years Old 1 More Event
He married his second wife, Jennifer Lee, in New York on 23 May 2009. … Read More
2015 46 Years Old 1 More Event
On 1 July 2015, Koss was made an honorary Member of the Order of Canada. … Read More
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