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Thomas Henrik S°fteland


SportSpeed Skating
Born29 Dec 1990 in  Arendal
ResidenceGrimstad, NOR
LanguagesEnglish, Norwegian
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.91 17 Mar 2012 Calgary  
    1000m 1:15.56 17 Mar 2012 Calgary  
    1500m 1:51.30 18 Mar 2012 Calgary  
    5000m 6:28.72 30 Jan 2016 Stavanger  
    10000m 13:16.94 11 Feb 2016 Kolomna  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachSondre Skarli [national], NOR  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating in 2004 in Arendal, Norway.  
Club / TeamArendal Skoiteklub: Norway  
Reason for choosing this sportHe was involved in kickboxing and football before he was encouraged to take up speed skating by his cousin Maren Jorgensen. "I tried it and thought it was fun."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Sondre Skarli. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2015)  
Memorable sporting achievementBecoming Norwegian champion in the 10,000m. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2015)  
InjuriesHe struggled with health problems during the 2016/17 season, and also experienced muscle spasms and back pain. (Grimstad Adressetidende, 07 Sep 2017)

He required an operation on his ankle during the 2012/13 season. (, 22 Aug 2013)
Hero / IdolNorwegian speed skater Oystein Grodum. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2015)  
Famous relativesHis older sister Madelen Softeland has competed in professional kickboxing. His cousin Maren Jorgensen participated at the Norwegian championships in speed skating. (, 2015;, 02 Jul 2012)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Grimstad Adressetidende, 07 Sep 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 10000m7  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 5000m16  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 World Cup 5000/10000m23  
    2016/2017 World Cup 5000/10000m27  
    2012/2013 World Cup 5000/10000m40