Ådne Søndrål

Founder Fortus AS


Ådne Søndrål was appointed to the IOC Athletes Career Programme Steering Committee in 2005 where he served until 2008. He is currently an honorary member of the Steering Committee.

Ådne started his career as an all-round speed skater and specialised in 1,000 m and 1,500 m in 1996. He placed second on both distances at the first World Single Distance Championships. Ådne also won the 1000 m World Cup this season. In 1999, he competed in All-round again and he achieved his best result by placing sixth in the World All-round Championships on home ground in Hamar, Norway. As a former Norwegian speed skater, Ådne was one of the best 1,500 m skaters through most of the 1990s, ranked second in the 1992 and fourth in the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. He finally won Olympic gold at the 1,500 m race in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, setting a new world record. In the 2002 Winter Olympics Ådne won his third medal, this time bronze despite an injury.

His achievements also include four gold and six silver medals in the World Single Distance Championships, 26 World Cup wins (seven on the 1,000 m and 19 on the 1,500 m) and two World Cup titles. Mr Sondral has been recognized with the Oscar Mathisen Award for his outstanding speed skating achievements in 1998. At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Ådne Søndrål was elected to serve on the IOC Athletes' Commission for a period of four years.

In 2007, Søndrål together with a partner founded Fortus AS, an investment and development company in the ambit of real estate. Fortus AS owns and developed the Norwegian Outlet, Norway's first and only outlet village. He was a co-founder of Argentum, the largest investment company, and the only pure fund–of–fund investor in the private equity sector in Norway. He worked as a senior advisor in corporate finance at First Securities, where he was responsible for projects and transactions in the oil supply industry and in real estate. Søndrål is also engaged with NRK TV as a commentator on speed skating events and serves as a board member for several companies. Ådne Søndrål holds a Master Degree from Bi Norwegian Business School and a PMD from Harvard Business School.