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Göthe Hedlund

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGöthe Emanuel•Hedlund
Used nameGöthe•Hedlund
Born30 July 1918 in Orkesta, Vallentuna (SWE)
Died15 December 2003 in Lidingö (SWE)
AffiliationsBrunnsvikens SK, Stockholm (SWE)
NOC(s) Sweden


Göthe Hedlund started in his first international tournaments before World War I. When international skating resumed in 1946, he emerged as one of the best in the world, having been able to continue training in neutral Sweden. He won the unofficial European Championships that year, placing second in the next two seasons. In these tournaments, his best distance was the 5,000 m, and he was one of the favourites for that distance at the 1948 Olympics. He did not disappoint, finishing third and winning Sweden’s first Olympic speed skating medal. Hedlund continued to skate until the 1952 Games, racing with the best internationally, but without winning any medals. In national championships, he won 12 titles: 1500 m (1947, 1949), 3000m (1947, 1949), 5000 m (1939, 1947, 1949) and 10,000 m (1939, 1944-1945, 1949 and 1950). Göthe Hedlund’s daughter Ylva later followed in her father’s footsteps, competing in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.5 (1951); 1500 – 2:18.4 (1948); 5000 – 8:18.7 (1951); 10000 – 17:23.9 (1949).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1948 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 20 SWE Göthe Hedlund
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 8
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic AC
1952 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres, Men Olympic 11 SWE Göthe Hedlund
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 9

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