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February 15, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
European champion Falko Zandstra of the Netherlands won the world speedskating championship, beating Johann Olav Koss in front of the Norwegian's home crowd in Hamar, Norway. Zandstra won the 5,000 meters Saturday and the 10,000 Sunday.
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May 26, 2012 | T.J. Simers
Never heard of the guy, and he's not a Laker or Dodger, so what do I care? Probably the same for you - you're going to read a headline or see a picture of him, and I'll be amazed if you get this far. Yet they tell me he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as big shot of the year. He's also some kind of skater, so how can he really be a big shot? A friend asks if I will do him a favor and meet the skater. Yes, I have friends, but not many, so I cannot afford to blow him off. I sit down with Johann.
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February 21, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Norwegian speedskating hero Johann Olav Koss did it again here Sunday. He not only won again, becoming the first triple-gold medalist of the Games, but he set another world record, also his third. Koss trimmed 12.99 seconds from his world record in the 10,000 meter, skating it in 13 minutes 30.55 seconds to become the first skater to set world records in three events in one Olympics. The 25-year-old Oslo medical student also set records last week in the 5,000 and 1,500 meters.
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August 15, 2004 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
It has been 10 years since Johann Olav Koss was an international hero. Actually, he still is, but lots fewer people know about it. If the name is familiar, it is because he won three gold medals at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics in 1994. He was a speedskater who reached the heights of his athletic career in a home Olympics, a Norwegian Eric Heiden, if you will.
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August 15, 2004 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
It has been 10 years since Johann Olav Koss was an international hero. Actually, he still is, but lots fewer people know about it. If the name is familiar, it is because he won three gold medals at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics in 1994. He was a speedskater who reached the heights of his athletic career in a home Olympics, a Norwegian Eric Heiden, if you will.
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May 26, 2012 | T.J. Simers
Never heard of the guy, and he's not a Laker or Dodger, so what do I care? Probably the same for you - you're going to read a headline or see a picture of him, and I'll be amazed if you get this far. Yet they tell me he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as big shot of the year. He's also some kind of skater, so how can he really be a big shot? A friend asks if I will do him a favor and meet the skater. Yes, I have friends, but not many, so I cannot afford to blow him off. I sit down with Johann.
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February 22, 1994 | MIKE KUPPER
Norwegian speedskater Johann Olav Koss, who won three races, each in world-record time, donated his prize money from the 1,500-meter race, more than $30,000 from the Norwegian Olympic Committee, to Olympic Aid, the Olympic family's relief effort in Sarajevo.
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February 14, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Falko Zandstra defeated world record-holder Johann Olav Koss of Norway in the 5,000 meters and took the lead halfway through the world championships at Hamar, Norway. Chinese sprint star Chen Song won the 500 meters, beating Aadne Soendraal of Norway and Rintje Ritsma and Zandstra, both of the Netherlands. With the 1,500 and 10,000 to be raced today, Zandstra had 78.386 points and Koss 78.914.
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February 21, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Norwegian speedskating hero Johann Olav Koss did it again here Sunday. He not only won again, becoming the first triple-gold medalist of the Games, but he set another world record, also his third. Koss trimmed 12.99 seconds from his world record in the 10,000 meter, skating it in 13 minutes 30.55 seconds to become the first skater to set world records in three events in one Olympics. The 25-year-old Oslo medical student also set records last week in the 5,000 and 1,500 meters.
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February 15, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
European champion Falko Zandstra of the Netherlands won the world speedskating championship, beating Johann Olav Koss in front of the Norwegian's home crowd in Hamar, Norway. Zandstra won the 5,000 meters Saturday and the 10,000 Sunday.
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