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Johann Jørgen Sæves


SportSpeed Skating
Born28 Oct 1994 in  Oslo
ResidenceAskim, NOR
LanguagesEnglish, German, Norwegian
Higher educationSport Studies - Norwegian School of Sport Sciences: Oslo, NOR
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 35.03 16 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    1000m 1:09.73 16 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    1500m 1:48.90 16 Mar 2014 Calgary  
    5000m 6:55.76 14 Feb 2014 Stavanger  
    10000m 14:45.52 15 Feb 2015 Stavanger  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age nine in Bastad, Norway.  
Name of coachPer Thomas Huth [club], NOR; Jeremy Wotherspoon [national], CAN  
Club / TeamBastad IL: Oslo, NOR  
Reason for choosing this sportHis father introduced him to the sport.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Arild Nebb Ervik. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolEnglish footballer Jesse Lingard. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Don't let anything bring you down." (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018)  
InjuriesHe was out of action for two months with a hamstring injury in 2018. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018)

He sustained an ankle injury in May 2017 that affected him until the later part of the year. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2017)
Memorable sporting achievementRecording a time of 35.23 seconds for the 500m at the 2018 World Sprint Championships in Changchun, People's Republic of China. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018)  
Other informationWHAT'S IN A NAME
He was conceived by in vitro fertilisation [IVF] on the same day that Norwegian speed skater Johann Olav Koss won gold in the 5000m at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. He was then born on October 28, one day before Koss' 26th birthday. "He will be named Johann and he should become a speed skater," his father said after the birth. (, 03 Jan 2014;, 2014)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Team Sprint4  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1000m17  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 500m17  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall17  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m26  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m51  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m55