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Irma Johansson

Full name: Irma Elina Johansson (-Öberg)
Gender: Female
Born: April 3, 1932 in Kalix, Norrbotten, Sweden
Affiliations: IFK Kalix, Kalix (SWE) / Luleå SK, Luleå (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Irma Johansson was a Swedish cross country skier who competed in the 1950s and 1960s having her greatest success in relay events, mostly running the first leg. In 1956 at Cortina d’Ampezzo she earned a bronze medal in the 3x5 km relay. She was also with the Swedish relay team that won gold in 1960 in Squaw Valley together with Britt Strandberg and Sonja Edström-Ruthström, where she gave her teammates a comfortable lead after the first leg. Irma Johansson also won a 3x5 km bronze medal at the 1958 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Nationally, she only achieved one championship in the 3x5 km relay in 1960 with the team from Luleå.

In 1946, at 14-years-old, she won the Pålänge Race for women. In 1955 she became part of the national team and started competing internationally. She had started training in gardening in Karlstad in 1959 giving little chance to prepare for the Olympics which turned out to be the highlight of her career. For more than 30 years she worked for the town of Skellefteå together with her husband who also worked as a gardener. After retirement, they moved back to her family farm in Börjelsby outside Kalix near Luleå.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Sweden SWE 7
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Sweden SWE 8
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Sweden SWE 1 Gold

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 7 40:20
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 8 41:08.3 21:31 7

Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1956 Winter 23 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Sweden SWE Final Standings 3 24:10 24:10 4
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Sweden SWE Final Standings 1 21:31.0 21:31.0 1
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