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Viktor Hald Thorup


SportSpeed Skating
Born14 Aug 1994 in  Slagelse
FamilyPartner 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 1:14.58 03 Nov 2018 Milwaukee, WI  
    1500m 1:47.92 15 Nov 2015 Calgary  
    5000m 6:17.68 03 Dec 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    10000m 13:25.30 21 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
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.  
Name of coachJesper Carlson [national], DEN  
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."  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsHe competed in roller speed skating at junior international level. (, 29 Apr 2013)  
Memorable sporting achievement"My fifth place in the Olympics [in 2018 in the mass start] was a great moment, because it was the best Danish individual performance ever at the Winter Olympics. Apart from that, my first top 10 place in the [2019 Allround] World Championships broke new ground for me mentally, because that was when I realised that I have a real chance of being the best skater in the world." (, 15 Dec 2019)  
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)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. "Hopefully doing more inline races in the future after the 2022 Games." (Rollerblade YouTube channel, 31 Mar 2021)  
InjuriesAt age 14 his foot became infected. He was out of action for four weeks. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2018)  
Famous relativesHis partner Sofia Prosvirnova competed in short track at the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. She finished fourth in the 3000m relay representing the Russian Federation at the 2014 Games in Sochi. (, 18 Sep 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 14 Jan 2021)  
Other informationUS TRAINING
He spent time training with the US national speed skating team ahead of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. "Sadly, we lack long track ice skating facilities in Denmark, as well as any culture or history for the sport. Therefore, I grabbed a once in a lifetime opportunity to join the American national team in their training for the 2022 Games. Training, racing and developing on a daily basis, on the world's fastest ice, in Salt Lake City, Utah." (Instagram profile, 12 Jan 2021;, 25 Jun 2019)

He and former inline skater Magnus Asping run TopSkate Danmark, an inline skating equipment and clothing company. He also has a coaching business, offering tailored training and nutrition advice. (YouTube channel, 16 Nov 2021; Facebook profile, 11 Nov 2021; 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  
    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  
    2015/2016 World Cup 5000/10000m18  
    2018/2019 World Cup 5000/10000m24  
    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