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Johnny Höglin

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHans Johnny•Höglin
Used nameJohnny•Höglin
Born26 February 1943 in Nykroppa, Filipstad (SWE)
Measurements184 cm / 78 kg
AffiliationsKarlstad SK, Karlstad (SWE)
NOC(s) Sweden


Johnny Höglin was a very surprising Olympic 10,000 m champion at Grenoble in 1968 when he beat the favorite, Fred Anton Maier, by 3/10ths of a second with a fast final lap. Placing fifth in both the 1,500 m and 5,000 m earlier in the Olympics, Höglin had already performed better than expected. In 1968 and 1969 he placed sixth at the World Championships, but his Olympic gold was his only international podium position in his entire amateur speed skating career. In Swedish Championships, Höglin won the all-around title in 1968, while earning distance titles in the 1,500 m (1968, 1972) and 5,000 m (1968). He turned professional in 1973 and 1974, without much success. His professional activities caused him to be blacklisted by the Swedish federation, but he was later allowed to become a youth coach.

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.3 (1970); 1000 – 1:21.3 (1970); 1500 – 2:02.1 (1972); 5000 – 7:26.0 (1972); 10000 – 15:23.6 (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1968 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Olympic =5 Representing Sweden    
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 5
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1972 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 9 Representing Sweden    
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 12

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1968 Winter Olympics 17 February 1968 Speed Skating (Skating) 10,000 metres, Men Final Standings 15:23.6 1