Sigvard Ericsson

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohan Sigvard•Ericsson
Used nameSigvard•Ericsson
Born17 July 1930 in Alanäset, Strömsund (SWE)
Died2 November 2019 in Östersund (SWE)
AffiliationsIF Castor, Östersund (SWE)
NOC Sweden
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2


In 1955, Sigge Ericsson became the first Swede to win the speed skating world title, beating the favoured Soviets in Moscow. Earlier that season, Ericsson had already taken the European title, in front of a home crowd in Falun. At both tournaments, Ericsson won the 10,000 m, and it was in that distance that he also won the Olympic gold medal. After gaining a silver in the 5000 m, he skated close to the world record, unexpectedly beating Knut Johannesen’s leading time. Next season, Ericsson was unable to continue his successes, and retired. In addition to two more bronze medals at the Europeans (1954, 1956), Ericsson collected 11 Swedish titles: 1500 m (1954-1956), 5000 m (1953-1956), 10,000 m (1952, 1954-1956). His two titles in 1955 earned him the Svenska Dagbladet gold medal for the best Swedish sports performance of the year.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.0 (1955); 1500 – 2:11.0 (1956); 5000 – 7:56.7 (1956); 10000 – 16:35.9 (1956).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) SWE Sigvard Ericsson
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) =8
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 14
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 13
1956 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) SWE Sigvard Ericsson
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =37
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 6
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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