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Axel Wikström

Full name: Axel Theodor Wikström
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Born: September 29, 1907 in Skellefteå, Västerbotten, Sweden
Died: June 16, 1976 in Skellefteå, Västerbotten, Sweden
Affiliations: Skellefteå AIK, Skellefteå (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Axel Wikström was selected for the 1932 Olympics after his results at the 1931 Swedish Championship in Umeå, where he was second in the 30 km and fifth in the 50 km, and his excellent performance in the selection races in early spring of 1931. His silver medal in the 1932 Olympic 18 km contributed to Sweden’s double triumph. On his return to his hometown of Skellefteå he was carried through the city. In March 1935, he made headlines again, when he was the first foreigner to win the 50 km at the Lahti Ski Games. The victory in Lahti earned him the "ticket" to the 1936 Olympic Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where Sweden took the first four places in the 50 km with Wikström placing second. Wikström never won an individual Swedish Championship but did win a 1936 team championship in the 30 km with Skellefteå AIK. He was appointed “Stor Grabb” (lit. Big Boy) No. 9 in Swedish skiing, an honorary sports award. In his native region he became also well-known for preparing ski-tracks, notably for the 1946 Swedish Championships.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1936 Winter 28 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Sweden SWE 2 Silver

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 2 1-25:07

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R I6T I6R I7T I7R
1936 Winter 28 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 2 3-33:20 36:14 2 53:50 6 1-25:52 4 1-56:08 3 2-11:15 3 2-46:00 =3 3-10:02 3