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Sixten Jernberg

Full name: Edy Sixten Jernberg
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: February 6, 1929 in Lima, Malung-Sälen, Dalarna, Sweden
Died: July 14, 2012 in Mora, Dalarna, Sweden
Affiliations: Lima IF, Lima (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Uncle of Ingemar Jernberg.

Medals: 4 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze (9 Total)

Biography

Sixten Jernberg was the greatest cross-country skiier of the early post-World War II era. Between 1956 and 1964, he won four gold, three silver, and two bronze for what was then a record total of nine Winter Olympic medals, since surpassed by both Russia’s Raisa Smetanina and Norway’s Bjørn Dæhlie. His Olympic medals were as follows: Gold – 1956 50 kilometres, 1960 30 kilometres, 1964 50 kilometres, and 1964 relay; Silver – 1956 15 kilometres, 1956 30 kilometres, and 1960 kilometres; and Bronze – 1956 relay, and 1964 15 kilometres. Jernberg added three gold and two bronze medals at the 1954, 1958, and 1962 World Championships, including four medals in the 50 km. Between 1952 and 1964 he took part in 363 ski races, winning 134. In his prime years of 1955-1960, he won 86 of 161 races. Initially a blacksmith and then a lumberjack, his daily work provided the essential stamina for the rigors of long-distance cross-country skiing. In 1965, the IOC awarded him the Mohammed Taher Trophy for his contributions to Nordic skiing.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Sweden SWE 5
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Sweden SWE 4
1964 Winter 34 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1964 Winter 34 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Sweden SWE 5
1964 Winter 34 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1964 Winter 34 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Sweden SWE 1 Gold

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 2 50:14 14:58 3 35:58 3
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 2 51:58.6 16:52 2 35:29 1
1964 Winter 34 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 3 51:42.2 18:01.0 5 36:23.0 4

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 2 1-44:30 32:54 1 1-09:03 2
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 1 1-51:03.9 36:00 1 1-13:27 1
1964 Winter 34 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 5 1-32:39.6 29:42.9 =13 1-01:40.9 5

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 1 2-50:27 33:29 1 1-07:33 1 1-24:11 1 1-46:10 1 2-15:38 1
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 5 3-05:18.0 33:43 1 1-28:56 4 2-05:56 6
1964 Winter 34 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 1 2-43:52.6 32:56 4 1-19:19 3 1-54:23 2

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Sweden SWE Final Standings 3 33:44 2-17:42 3
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Sweden SWE Final Standings 4 34:07.8 2-21:31.8 4
1964 Winter 34 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Sweden SWE Final Standings 1 35:00.0 1-10:14.2 4
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