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Sigvard Ericsson

Full name: Johan Sigvard Ericsson
Nickname(s): Sigge
Gender: Male
Born: July 17, 1930 in Alanäset, Strömsund, Jämtland, Sweden
Affiliations: IF Castor, Östersund (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

In 1955, Sigge Ericsson became the first Swede to win the speed skating world title, beating the favoured Soviets in Moscow. Earlier that season, Ericsson had already taken the European title, in front of a home crowd in Falun. At both tournaments, Ericsson won the 10,000 m, and it was in that distance that he also won the Olympic gold medal. After gaining a silver in the 5000 m, he skated close to the world record, unexpectedly beating Knut Johannesen's leading time. Next season, Ericsson was unable to continue his successes, and retired. In addition to two more bronze medals at the Europeans (1954, 1956), Ericsson collected 11 Swedish titles: 1500 m (1954-1956), 5000 m (1953-1956), 10,000 m (1952, 1954-1956). His two titles in 1955 earned him the Svenska Dagbladet gold medal for the best Swedish sports performance of the year.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.0 (1955); 1500 – 2:11.0 (1956); 5000 – 7:56.7 (1956); 10000 – 16:35.9 (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Sweden SWE 8T
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 14
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 13
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Sweden SWE 37T
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Sweden SWE 6
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Sweden SWE 1 Gold OR

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 37T 44.2

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 8T 2:23.4 30 1:07 1:45
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 6 2:11.0 27.7 1:00.7 1:35.0

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 14 8:40.8 1:03 1:44 2:23 3:04 3:46 4:27 5:09 5:51 6:34 7:16 7:59
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 2 7:56.7 22.1 59.4 1:36.8 2:13.8 2:51.2 3:28.9 4:06.9 4:45.0 5:23.0 6:00.8 6:39.1 7:17.7

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 13 17:52.8 44 1:26 2:07 2:49 3:31 4:13 4:55 5:37 6:21 7:05 7:48 8:31 9:15 9:57 10:41 11:24 12:08 12:52 13:35 14:19 15:03 15:45 16:28 17:12
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Sweden Final Standings 1 OR 16:35.9 41.9 1:20.4 1:59.4 2:38.8 3:18.4 3:57.9 4:37.6 5:18.0 5:57.9 6:38.3 7:18.3 7:58.3 8:38.3 9:18.4 9:58.6 10:38.5 11:18.1 11:57.9 12:37.4 13:17.1 13:56.7 14:36.2 15:15.7 15:55.8
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