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Erik Elmsäter

Full name: Fritz Erik Elmsäter (Pettersson-)
Nickname(s): Jerka
Gender: Male
Born: October 7, 1919 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: March 9, 2006 in Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: I13 IF, Falun (SWE) / IFK Kiruna, Kiruna (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Cross Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Fritz Erik Elmsäter was born under the name Erik Pettersson, which he kept until 1939. He was one in the few athletes, and the first Swede, to have competed at the Summer and Winter Olympics. He set two world records in the steeplechase, in 1943 with 9:03.4 and one year later with 8:59.6, which would be his PR, and made him the first runner to better nine minutes in the steeple. From 1943-46 Elmsäter won four consecutive Swedish Championships in the steeple, placing third in 1942 and 1948. At the 1946 European Championships in Oslo, Elmsäter placed second in 9:11.0 with fellow countryman Tore Sjöstrand] in third place. At the London Olympics the three Swedes, Sjöstrand, Elmsäter and [Göte Hagström were the class of the field. Sjöstrand won the race in 9:04.6, beating Elmsäter by 3.6 seconds, with Hagström third. In 1948 he was appointed “Stor Grabb” (Big Boy) No. 124, an honorary award in Swedish sports.

Six months prior to the 1948 London Olympics, Elmsäter had already competed in the Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz. In the 18 km cross-country race he placed 19th. He took this result into the ski jumping of the Nordic combined event where he placed ninth. In 1952 he travelled to the Oslo Olympics as Swedish Champion in the Nordic combined, and served as flagbearer for Sweden at the Opening Ceremony. But after placing 56th in the cross-country he could only finish 13th. Elmsäter was also a keen football goalkeeper in the 1930s and competed in many different sports such as modern pentathlon, military relays, gymnastics, city races and others.

Erik Elmsäter was an officer in the Swedish infantry. In 1959 he left the military and took a post in the Swedish Sports Federation, while in the 1960s he worked as administration manager of the sports desk with the Swedish radio and TV network. His daughter is the well-known journalist Eva Elmsäter.

Personal Best: 3000S – 8:59.6 (1944).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Sweden SWE 19
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Men's Individual Sweden SWE 9
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Sweden SWE 56
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Nordic Combined Men's Individual Sweden SWE 13

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 19 1-22:12
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 56 1-13:46 31:40 55

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Sweden Final Standings 9 410.95
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Sweden Cross Country Skiing, 18 kilometres 6 208.95 1-22:12
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Sweden Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 15 202.0
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Sweden Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 AC 56.0
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Sweden Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 AC 61.5
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Nordic Combined Sweden Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 3 AC 58.0
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Nordic Combined Sweden Final Standings 13 397.667
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Nordic Combined Sweden Cross Country Skiing, 18 kilometres 16 198.667 1-13:46
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Nordic Combined Sweden Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 11 199.0
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Nordic Combined Sweden Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 6 99.5 61.0 53.0 46.5 16.5 16.0 15.0 15.5 15.0
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Nordic Combined Sweden Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 22 non-scoring 66.0 59.5 51.5 14.5 5.0 5.5 5.5 4.0 4.0
1952 Winter 32 Oslo Nordic Combined Sweden Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 3 9T 99.5 62.0 54.0 45.5 15.5 15.0 16.0 15.0 15.0

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM T(A 1/10)
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Sweden Final 2 9:08.2 at 3.81
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Sweden Round One Heat One 1 QU 9:15.0 9:14.6