Carl Silfverstrand

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Non-starter
Full nameCarl Johan•Silfverstrand
Used nameCarl•Silfverstrand
Born9 October 1885 in Helsingborg, Skåne (SWE)
Died2 January 1975 in Helsingborg, Skåne (SWE)
Measurements176 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsDjurgårdens IF, Stockholm (SWE) / Stockholms GF, Täby (SWE)
NOC Sweden
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Carl Silfverstrand represented Djurgårdens IF in track and field athletics before representing Stockholms GF as a gymnast. In 1908 Silfverstrand won gold in the long jump at the Swedish national championships and competed at the Olympic Games in London. At the London Games he finished in joint-10th place in the pole vault and in 20th place in the long jump. Silfverstrand was also scheduled to compete in the high jump and the triple jump in London but did not start in either event. Four years later at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, Silfverstrand won gold as part of the Swedish gymnastics team in the all-round competition that used the Swedish style scoring method.

After Silfverstrand retired from active competition he worked as a sports instructor across northern Europe, spending time in Finland (1919–20 and 1925–27), Demark (1922–25), and Norway (1927–36). During his time in Norway he gained Norwegian citizenship in 1933, and later worked as a physical therapist in the country from 1936 to 1941.

Personal Bests: PV – 3.30 (1907); LJ – 6.59 (1909).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics SWE Carl Silfverstrand
High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Pole Vault, Men (Olympic) =10
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) 20
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
1912 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) SWE Carl Silfverstrand
Team All-Around, Swedish System, Men (Olympic) Sweden 1 Gold
Athletics SWE Carl Silfverstrand
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS