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Elis Wiklund

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameElis•Wiklund
Used nameElis•Wiklund
Born12 December 1909 in Ullånger, Kramfors (SWE)
Died17 March 1982 in Sollefteå (SWE)
Measurements185 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsKramfors IF, Kramfors (SWE)
NOC Sweden

Biography

Elis Wiklund started competing as a member of Salsåker-Ullånger IF, winning his first race as a junior at Skog in 1928. His breakthrough came at the 1934 Nordic World Ski Championships in Sollefteå. He already had achieved many victories locally but the Swedish Ski Association selected a squad of about 50 men and Wiklund was not on it. His club then decided to send some of its own runners, and he won the 50-km race with no team support. After this unexpected victory he moved to Kramfors in 1936 and competing for this club won Olympic gold in the 50 km in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He was also a three-time Swedish Champion: 1938 in the 30 km and the relay, and 1941 in the 50 km. Wiklund also excelled as a musician, playing accordion on records from 1936. His life was featured in a novel called Hjältedrömmen (A Hero’s Dream) by Karl-Erik Johansson.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) SWE Elis Wiklund
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Special Notes