Norval was born March 18, 1879 and passed away on November 26, 1966. During his life, he was a World record holding speedskater and a champion figure skater. By the age of 14, he was the North Dakota speedskating champion. It is rumored that over his entire speedskating career, he shattered every amateur and professional speedskating record in the books. In 1938, Norval retired but continued to coach, coaching all the way until his death. He was inducted into the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 15, 1965 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.