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Gunde Svan

Full name: Gunde Anders Svan
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: January 12, 1962 in Vansbro, Dalarna, Sweden
Affiliations: Dala-Järna IK, Dala-Järna (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Husband of Marie Johansson.

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Prior to the advent of Norway’s Bjørn Dæhlie in the 1990s, Gunde Anders Svan was the most be-medalled international cross-country skier ever. Svan began his Olympic career in 1984, winning gold in the 15 km. and relay, silver at 50 km., and bronze in the 30 km. He returned to the Olympics to win gold in 1988 at 50 km. and in the relay, giving him four gold and six Olympic medals. Svan was World Cup champion five times – 1984-1986 and 1988-1989, placing in the top three for eight consecutive years – 1983-90. He won five individual World Championships: 1989 15 km.; 1985 and 1991 30 km., and 1985 and 1989 50 km. Overall he won 372 of 615 races at the national and international level from 1965-1991, won 30 World Cup races, and was Swedish national champion 16 times.

Results

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 1 41:25.6 17:54.7 2 29:55.3 1
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 13 43:07.3 13:44.4 26 29:35.0 15

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 3 1-29:35.7 21:51.3 3 44:29.3 3 1-06:45.1 3
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 10 1-27:30.8 28:12.7 12 57:53.8 11

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 2 2-16:00.7 22:25.0 2 54:50.7 2 1-29:55.2 1 2-03:09.2 1
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 1 2-04:30.9 35:07.5 1 1-01:17.6 1 1-37:51.1 1

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Sweden SWE Final Standings 1 28:27.3 1-55:06.3 1
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Sweden SWE Final Standings 1 25:38.8 1-17:48.1 1