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Erik Larsson

Full name: Erik August Larsson
Nickname(s): Kiruna-Lasse
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: April 20, 1912 in Kurravaara, Kiruna, Norrbotten, Sweden
Died: March 10, 1982 in Jukkasjärvi, Kiruna, Norrbotten, Sweden
Affiliations: IFK Kiruna, Kiruna (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

"Kiruna Lasse" Larsson won his first international medal at the 1935 World Skiing Championships in Vysoke Tatry with the Swedish relay team, when they took the bronze medal. Later that year he won the 17 km in Rovaniemi and later the Kiruna Games, which qualified him to participate in the Olympic Games. A year later, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, he won gold in the 18 km race and a bronze medal in the relay, where he was the fastest Swede, running the second leg. For his achievements at the Winter Olympics he was awarded the Svenska-Dagbladet gold medal. His only Swedish Championship also came in 1936, in the 15 km run, and 1936 was his greatest year, winning 12 of 19 races.

Larsson, whose native tongue was Finnish, and whose taciturnity became his trademark, was born as the second youngest of six siblings in a religious family. In 1935, he began his professional career as a cleaning worker in the Kiruna iron ore mine and in the winter as a lumberjack. Three years after his Olympic victory, he participated in a prayer meeting in Kurravaara, after which he quit competitive sport almost immediately and joined the Firstborn Laestadian Christian. He started working again for the mining company and in later years became a preacher for the congregation in Kiruna. His son Lars also became a preacher in Luleå. Erik Larsson's granddaughter Åsa Larsson was a well-known lawyer specializing in tax matters, and later became a full-time writer of crime novels.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Winter 23 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1936 Winter 23 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Sweden SWE 3 Bronze

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Winter 23 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 1 1-14:38

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1936 Winter 23 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Sweden SWE Final Standings 3 39:39 1-22:28 2
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