Johann Olav Koss
Speed skater
Johann Olav Koss
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 - over 3 years
Johann Olav Koss says some athletes are unaware of the impact of their contributions.
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Restoring Peace to Syria's Children Through Play
Huffington Post - over 3 years
They say it's the little things in life that are most important, and for Sireen Jadallah that couldn't be more true. She is a Program Supervisor for Right To Play in Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp, home to more than 150,000 refugees of the Syrian crisis. For her, hope lives in the smallest of moments -- like when she saw a child in the camp help a young, crying girl up off the ground, and encourage her to rejoin a game they were playing. In the face of a war so brutal it has seen violence and cruelty as extreme as chemical weapons, it seems exaggerated to call the moment "overwhelming," but for Sireen any sign of peace is a positive step -- and through play, she is seeing small steps accumulate into a bigger impact. Saturday, September 21 marks the International Day of Peace. As the world searches for a solution to the fighting in Syria, we must remember that peace is not only measured by the absence of war. For child refugees, who are among the most vulnerable bystanders of con ...
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Gimme shelter
Yahoo News - about 4 years
India, Dec. 30 -- Galloping commercialism and the voracious demand from fans, sponsors, broadcasters and organisers to keep serving it king size may have made top-flight sport an inexorably elite pursuit. However, the real catalysts of change are those who rewrite rigid norms at the grassroots.In 1993, champion Norwegian skier Johann Olav Koss was moved after seeing how boys in strife-torn Eritrea made a full-sleeved shirt into an improvised football to overcome trauma by playing the 'beautiful game'. ...
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Insider's Guide to Toronto
Wall Street Journal - over 4 years
Where to eat, sleep, shop and play, with expert advice from Cowboy Junkies singer Margo Timmins, speed skater Johann Koss, "Top Chef Canada" host Lisa Ray and urbanist Richard Florida.
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For skating champ Johann Olav Koss, it's just the Right thing to do
LATimes - over 4 years
Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medalist in speedskating for Norway in the 1990s, is improving kids' lives and making the world a better place through his Right To Play organization. Never heard of the guy, and he's not a Laker or Dodger, so what do I care?
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Johann seeks sports bodies help to boost games in Pakistan - The Nation, Pakistan
Google News - over 5 years
ISLAMABAD - Johann Koss, one of the great athletes of all time and four-time Olympic gold medallist in speed skating on Thursday discussed his future plans in detail and the work done by his NGO, 'Right to Play', in Pakistan and other developing
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UQ announces equity and diversity award recipients - UQ News
Google News - over 5 years
The 2011 Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Equity and Diversity Award went to Dr Johann Koss. Prior to completing his medical degree at UQ, Dr Koss was an acclaimed speed skater, winning one silver and four gold Olympic medals for Norway
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In America; Getting a Perspective on the Olympics
NYTimes - almost 23 years
The Winter Olympics have been mesmerizing. Forget about the low-rent Harding-Kerrigan melodrama and the media's total and embarrassing loss of perspective on that story. The Olympics have been fabulous in spite of those distractions. In addition to the excitement generated by the competition of young men and women approaching athletic perfection,
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THE YEAR IN REVIEW -- 1993; The Year's Champions
NYTimes - about 23 years
Archery World Champions Men's Target -- Kyung Mo Park, South Korea. Women's Target -- Hyo Jung Kim, South Korea. Men's Target team -- France. Women's Target team -- South Korea. Men's Junior Target -- Bair Badednov, Russia. Women's Junior Target -- Karin Larsson, Sweden. Men's Indoor Freestyle -- Gennadi Matrofanov, Russia. Women's Indoor Freestyle
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Johann Olav Koss
  • 2015
    Age 46
    In August 2015, Koss transitioned in to the role of Founder at Right To Play where he still stays very active in a variety of fundraising initiatives, and where he maintains his seat on the International Board of Directors.
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    On 1 July 2015, Koss was made an honorary Member of the Order of Canada.
    More Details Hide Details An overview of medals won by Koss at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each: Over the course of his career, Koss skated ten world records: Source: To put these personal records in perspective, the WR column lists the official world records on the dates that Koss skated his personal records. Source: Koss was number one on the Adelskalender, the all-time allround speed skating ranking, for a total of 1,998 days, divided over three periods between 1992 and 1997. He has an Adelskalender score of 155.099 points.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    In November 2009, after American Peter Mueller was stripped of his coaching role with Norway for an inappropriate comment to a female team member, Koss was appointed head coach, despite no previous coaching experience.
    More Details Hide Details Association sporting director Oystein Haugen told Reuters that Koss has been a revelation despite no previous coaching experience. Koss completed his Executive MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management in the University of Toronto in Canada. He has Honorary Doctorates from several universities - Brock University, University of Calgary, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, and the University of Aust Agder in Norway.
    He married his second wife, Jennifer Lee, in New York on 23 May 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Lee's friend Chelsea Clinton was one of the bridesmaids. Lee, 37, is a Harvard College, Oxford University and Harvard Business School graduate, and a former cellist who studied at The Juilliard School. She is the granddaughter of Kim Chung Yul, the former Prime Minister of South Korea and Chief of the Korean Armed Forces during the Korean War. She is the Co-Founder of a retail business called BRIKA which sells products from under-the-radar artisans and makers. She is a former management consultant and most recently a private equity investment professional at Ontario Teachers' Private Capital in Toronto. They have three children together, Aksel, Annabelle and Andreas.
  • 2000
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The organization operates in more than 20 countries reaching over one million children each week and is supported by more than 620 staff worldwide and over 14,900 volunteer Coaches.
  • 1999
    Age 30
    He married Canadian businessperson and politician Belinda Stronach on 31 December 1999, but they divorced in 2003.
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  • 1994
    Age 25
    For his performance, he was named Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year in 1994, together with Bonnie Blair.
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    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He would recover to win gold on the 1,500 m (by only .04 seconds over his countryman Ådne Søndrål) and silver on the 10,000 m (behind Dutch skater Bart Veldkamp).
  • 1991
    Age 22
    He won the European Allround Championships in 1991 and finished second in the next three editions.
    More Details Hide Details Koss had a total of twenty-three World Cup wins, while winning four overall World Cup titles (the 1,500 m in 1990 and 1991, and the combined 5,000/10,000 m in 1991 and 1994).
  • 1990
    Age 21
    In addition, he received the Oscar Mathisen Award three times: in 1990, 1991, and 1994.
    More Details Hide Details After his speed skating career, Koss trained as a physician at the University of Queensland in Australia. He became a UNICEF ambassador and a member of the International Olympic Committee (until 2002).
    His breakthrough came in 1990, winning the World Allround Championships in Innsbruck, Austria.
    More Details Hide Details The following four years, he would win two more world titles (1991 and 1994), while finishing second in 1993 and third in 1992.
  • 1988
    Age 19
    In 1988, he debuted with the seniors at the World Championships in Alma-Ata, but failed to qualify for the final distance.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he finished eighth in the same tournament (after a fifteenth place in the European Allround Championships), placing second on the 1,500 m.
  • 1987
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1968
    Born on October 29, 1968.
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