Bjørg Eva Jensen Nor

Given name Bjørg Eva
Surname Jensen
Sex Female
Born 15 February 1960

Bjørg Eva Jensen, from Larvik, won the Olympic 3000 m in Lake Placid 1980, the only gold medal Norway won in these games. This makes her the only Norwegian female speed skater to win an Olympic title. One week later she won the World Junior Championships, making this the most successfull 8 days in the history of Norwegian female speed skating.

Jensen started her international career by not finishing the World Junior Championships 1976, 15 years old. The next year she earned a bronze medal in these chamionships, advancing to silver in 1978 and 1979, before finally grabbing the title in 1980. She is the only skater, male or female, to win a medal in 4 consecutive World Junior Championships. One month before the Olympic Games she also placed 3rd in the World Championships.

After her successfull Olympic season her results gradually got worse, year by year, even though her own performance did not get much worse. She just did not have the same development as the East German and Soviet skaters in this period. She entered the Olympic Games 1984 with no possibility to defend her Olympic title, and placed 7th on her favourite distance, 3000 m.

This was supposed to be her last season, but she continued at national level, winning the national championships 1986, 87 and 88 (in addition to 1979-83). She tried a comeback in 1988, aiming to qualify for the Calgary Games, but she did not qualify.

She was a great bicyclist as well, and she was a part of the team winning the team trial in the national championships 1979. In 1980 she was awarded "Egebergs Ærespris" (Honorary Price of Egeberg) for her achievements in speed skating and cycling. She was flag bearer for the Norwegian Olympic team in 1984.

Highest rank on the big Adelskalender: 3 (1982)

Highest rank on the small Adelskalender: 10 (1980)

Last updated on 20 December 2005 by Bjarte Hetland.

International Championship Results

Result Distance Date Tournament Venue
NS3 Allround Women Junior 18 January 1976 World Junior Championships Women 1976 Madonna di Campiglio
DQ2 Sprint Women 7 March 1976 World Sprint Championships Women 1976 Berlin
Bronze 3 Allround Women Junior 20 February 1977 World Junior Championships Women 1977 Inzell
8 Sprint Women 27 February 1977 World Sprint Championships Women 1977 Alkmaar
Silver 2 Allround Women Junior 5 February 1978 World Junior Championships Women 1978 Montréal
25 Sprint Women 12 February 1978 World Sprint Championships Women 1978 Lake Placid
4 Small Allround Women 5 March 1978 World Championships Women 1978 Helsinki
4 Small Allround Women 4 February 1979 World Championships Women 1979 Den Haag
8 Sprint Women 18 February 1979 World Sprint Championships Women 1979 Inzell
Silver 2 Allround Women Junior 25 February 1979 World Junior Championships Women 1979 Grenoble
Bronze 3 Small Allround Women 13 January 1980 World Championships Women 1980 Hamar
4 1500 m Women 14 February 1980 Olympic Winter Games 1980 Lake Placid
12 1000 m Women 17 February 1980 Olympic Winter Games 1980 Lake Placid
Gold 1 3000 m Women 20 February 1980 Olympic Winter Games 1980 Lake Placid
Gold 1 Allround Women Junior 27 February 1980 World Junior Championships Women 1980 Assen
4 Small Allround Women 18 January 1981 European Championships Women 1981 Heerenveen
4 Small Allround Women 7 February 1981 World Championships Women 1981 Sainte-Foy
13 Sprint Women 22 February 1981 World Sprint Championships Women 1981 Grenoble
5 Small Allround Women 24 January 1982 European Championships Women 1982 Heerenveen
6 Small Allround Women 14 February 1982 World Championships Women 1982 Inzell
5 Allround Women 23 January 1983 European Championships Women 1983 Heerenveen
7 Allround Women 20 February 1983 World Championships Women 1983 Chemnitz
8 Allround Women 15 January 1984 European Championships Women 1984 Medeo
9 Allround Women 29 January 1984 World Championships Women 1984 Deventer
8 1500 m Women 9 February 1984 Olympic Winter Games 1984 Sarajevo
16 1000 m Women 13 February 1984 Olympic Winter Games 1984 Sarajevo
7 3000 m Women 15 February 1984 Olympic Winter Games 1984 Sarajevo
15 Allround Women 9 February 1986 World Championships Women 1986 Den Haag
15 Allround Women 17 January 1988 European Championships Women 1988 Kongsberg

World Cup Results

Result Distance Date Tournament Venue
19 500 m Women 4 January 1986 5th World Cup 1985-1986 Inzell
9 1500 m Women 4 January 1986 5th World Cup 1985-1986 Inzell
Gold 1 3000 m Women 5 January 1986 5th World Cup 1985-1986 Inzell
9 1500 m Women 6 March 1986 World Cup Final 1985-1986 Inzell
Bronze 3 3000 m Women 8 March 1986 World Cup Final 1985-1986 Inzell
24 1500 m Women 21 November 1987 1st World Cup 1987-1988 Berlin
14 3000 m Women 22 November 1987 1st World Cup 1987-1988 Berlin

World Cup Standings

Result Distance Season
35 500 m Women World Cup 1985-1986
10 1500 m Women World Cup 1985-1986
4 3000 m / 5000 m Women World Cup 1985-1986
31 1500 m Women Gloria World Cup 1987-1988

National Championship Results

Result Distance Date Tournament Venue
4 3000 m Women 23 February 2002 Norwegian Single Distance Championships 2002 Hundorp/Sør-Fron
Silver 2 5000 m Women 24 February 2002 Norwegian Single Distance Championships 2002 Hundorp/Sør-Fron
12 1500 m Women 22 October 2005 Norwegian Single Distance Championships 2006 Hamar
7 3000 m Women 23 October 2005 Norwegian Single Distance Championships 2006 Hamar

World Records

Distance Time Rink Date
Sprint Women Junior 184.410 Trondheim 23 January 1977
1000 m Women Junior 1.24,30 Larvik 10 March 1979
Sprint Women Junior 174.475 Larvik 11 March 1979