Hjalmar Andersen

Hjalmar “Hjallis” Johan Andersen (March 12, 1923 – March 27, 2013) was a Norwegian speed skater.

He won three gold medals at the 1952 Winter Olympic Games of Oslo, Norway. He was the only triple gold medalist at the 1952 Winter Olympics, and as such, became the most successful athlete there.

Nicknamed King Glad for his famous cheerful mood, he was one of Norway’s most popular sportsmen ever. Four statues of him were raised during his lifetime; in Trondheim, Hamar, Rødøy and outside Bislett Stadion in Oslo. He was honored with a funeral at the state’s expense.