Håkan Malmrot was the first Swedish swimmer to win a gold medal in swimming at the Olympics. He was a complete athlete, competing in gymnastics and was a district champion in different disciplines such as long jump, 1,500 metre run, and 30 km cross-country skiing. Malmrot was a good friend of Arne Borg and lived with him in New York from 1922-30, combining competitions with work. In 1934 Malmrot became manager of operations of the gas works in Karlskrona, where he lived until his death. He kept in touch with swimming by leading the local club, the Karlskrona Simsällskap. His two gold medals are now on display at the Göteborg Sports Museum. In 1980, Malmrot was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.