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Gunnar Larsson

Full name: Ål Lars Gunnar Larsson
Nickname(s): Hulån
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: July 1, 1944 in Dala-Järna, Vansbro, Dalarna, Sweden
Affiliations: Hulåns IF, Dala-Järna, Vansbro (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Father of Mats Larsson.

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Gunnar Larsson's acquired the nickname “Hulån” from his home town to distinguish himself from others with the same name. His first major success was in 1964 when he won the 10 km for Swedish Juniors, and he began competing with the national team that year. In 1967 he won the North American Championships. His greatest achievement was a bronze medal in the 15 km and a silver in the relay at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble. In the relay on the third leg he brought Sweden the decisive advantage over Finland and the Soviet Union as the team’s fastest runner. At the Sapporo Olympic Games, four years later, he competed again in all cross-country events but without winning a medal, narrowly missing the bronze medal in the 30 km and in the relay, placing fourth in both events. In his eight Olympic starts he made the top 10 in seven of them. Larsson competed also at the 1970 World Championships, placing 24th in the 15 km. Domestically, he was Swedish Champion in the 15 km in 1971 and the 30 km in 1969. Larsson also won traditional events like the Åsarna Games in 1969. He is the father of cross-country skier and 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Mats Larsson.

Results

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1968 Winter 23 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 3 48:33.7 17:25.5 8 35:30.1 6
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 8 46:23.29 15:18.70 14 31:47.08 10

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1968 Winter 23 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 8 1-37:48.1 32:49.3 16 1-09:19.7 11
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 4 1-37:33.72 30:39.82 5 1-05:56.64 3

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1968 Winter 23 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 6 2-29:37.2 48:30.2 8 1-12:50.2 6 2-04:14.3 4
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 20 2-51:17.56 48:56.27 11 1-20:49.86 13 2-14:48.35 18

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1968 Winter 23 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Sweden SWE Final Standings 2 32:24.4 1-37:27.8 2
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Sweden SWE Final Standings 4 31:35.96 1-34:46.17 3