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Viktor Hald Thorup


SportSpeed Skating
Born14 Aug 1994 in  Slagelse
FamilyWife Sofia Prosvirnova
ResidenceSlagelse, DEN
OccupationAthlete, Business Owner, Coach, Student
LanguagesDanish, English, French, German, Norwegian
Higher educationHealth Studies, Nutrition - University College Sjaelland: SorÝ, DEN
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 38.30 23 Oct 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:12.69 31 Aug 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:47.92 15 Nov 2015 Calgary  
    5000m 6:17.68 03 Dec 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    10000m 13:15.24 17 Dec 2022 Calgary  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Training Regime"Even though my profession as of right now [speaking in 2021] is ice skating, I still spend the majority of my time training on the wheels. I spend 80% of my training time on inline skating."  
Reason for choosing this sportHe was involved in inline skating for a number of years, but liked the idea of racing against the clock on ice better. "I kept inline skating, I made it to the national and international level, and that's when I realised that I might have a shot in making it to the Olympics if I switched to ice skating. I decided to do that."  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began inline skating as a child in Denmark. "As a kid, I was always the shortest and smallest in my class. Like most European boys, I joined the local football club, but never had any desire or talent for it. However, in skating it didn't take height or size to go fast, and when my mum read about a local inline club in the newspapers, she talked me into giving it a shot. In a short time, I developed a passion for skating." He took up speed skating in 2012 after he was invited to participate in a junior national camp in Inzell, Germany.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsHe competed in roller speed skating at junior international level. (, 29 Apr 2013)  
Most influential person in careerCoaches Jens Normark and Jesper Carlson. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolUS speed skater Joey Mantia. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Train hard, keep believing." (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018)  
HobbiesVlogging. (YouTube channel, 24 Oct 2022)  
InjuriesAt age 14 his foot became infected. He was out of action for four weeks. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018)  
Famous relativesHis wife Sofia Prosvirnova competed in short track at the Olympic Winter Games in 2014, 2018, and 2022. (SportsDeskOnline, 26 Oct 2022; Instagram profile, 10 Sep 2022)  
Other informationOCCUPATION
He and former inline skater Magnus Asping run TopSkate Danmark, an inline skating equipment and clothing company. He also has a coaching business that offers tailored training and nutrition advice. (YouTube channel, 24 Oct 2022; Facebook profile, 19 Oct 2022; II-Coaching Facebook page, 04 Dec 2020;, 01 Aug 2020; Topskate Facebook page, 28 Jun 2020)

At age 15 he moved to Toulouse, France, where he lived with a host family and began training with inline skating world champion Pascal Briand. He completed his high school studies there in 2012. (, 28 Dec 2014)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps5  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps13  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start14  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 5000m17  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start17  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 5000m18  
    2022 Olympic Games 5000m19  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 5000m19  
    2016/2017 European Allround Championships Allround20  
    2022 Olympic Games Mass Start19  
    2014/2015 European Championships Allround20  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships Allround21  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships Allround22  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps22  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps23  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Mass Start2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Mass Start9  
    2018/2019 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps13  
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps13  
    2015/2016 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps13  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps17  
    2022/2023 World Cup Mass Start17  
    2015/2016 World Cup 5000/10000m18  
    2018/2019 World Cup 5000/10000m24  
    2022/2023 World Cup 5000/10000m34  
    2014/2015 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps37  
    2017/2018 World Cup 5000/10000m38  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall38  
    2016/2017 World Cup 5000/10000m40  
    2014/2015 World Cup 5000/10000m41  
    2019/2020 World Cup 5000/10000m43  
    2021/2022 World Cup 5000/10000m45  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m62