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Gunde Svan

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGunde Anders•Svan
Used nameGunde•Svan
Born12 January 1962 in Vansbro (SWE)
Measurements188 cm / 81 kg
AffiliationsDala-Järna IK, Dala-Järna, Vansbro (SWE)
NOC(s) Sweden

Biography

Prior to the advent of Norway’s Bjørn Dæhlie in the 1990s, Gunde Anders Svan was the most be-medalled international cross-country skier ever. Svan began his Olympic career in 1984, winning gold in the 15 km. and relay, silver at 50 km., and bronze in the 30 km. He returned to the Olympics to win gold in 1988 at 50 km. and in the relay, giving him four gold and six Olympic medals. Svan was World Cup champion five times – 1984-1986 and 1988-1989, placing in the top three for eight consecutive years – 1983-90. He won five individual World Championships: 1989 15 km.; 1985 and 1991 30 km., and 1985 and 1989 50 km. Overall he won 372 of 615 races at the national and international level from 1965-1991, won 30 World Cup races, and was Swedish national champion 16 times.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1984 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 15 kilometres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Sweden    
  30 kilometres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
  50 kilometres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic Sweden 1 Gold
1988 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 15 kilometres, Men Olympic 13 Representing Sweden    
  30 kilometres, Men Olympic 10
  50 kilometres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic Sweden 1 Gold

Olympic family relations

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