Åke Seyffarth

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKarl Åke•Seyffarth
Used nameÅke•Seyffarth
Born15 December 1919 in Stockholm, Stockholm (SWE)
Died1 January 1998 in Mora, Dalarna (SWE)
AffiliationsIF Linnéa, Stockholm (SWE)
NOC Sweden
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2


One of the few active skaters during World War II, Åke Seyffarth set two official World Records (3,000 m and 5,000 m) in that period, both at Davos. These results put him on the top of the Adelskalender, the combined all-time best list, a position he held for 10 years. When international speed skating resumed in 1947, Seyffarth won the first event held, the European Championships, before his home crowd in Stockholm. A week later, he also won the bronze at the World Championships. His appearance at the Olympics in St. Moritz yielded two medals, a gold in the 10,000 m and a silver in the 1,500. Between 1940 and 1948, Seyffarth also won 22 Swedish distance titles, winning all four distances at the 1940 and 1948 editions. He was also a top cyclist, winning three Swedish titles in that sport in 1940-41.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.2 (1942); 1500 – 2:14.2 (1942); 5000 – 8:13.7 (1941); 10000 – 17:07.5 (1942).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) SWE Åke Seyffarth
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =11
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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