Full name: Kjell Hilding BÃ¤ckman
Born: February 21, 1934 in GÃ¶teborg, VÃ¤stra GÃ¶taland, Sweden
Affiliations: IK Wega, GÃ¶teborg (SWE)
Sport: Speed Skating
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
There were various candidates for a medal in the 1960 Olympic 10,000 m, but Kjell BÃ¤ckman was not considered one of them. Coached by world record holder [Hjalmar Andersen], BÃ¤ckman sped to a new world record time on the fast Squaw Valley ice, going nearly 50 seconds below his pre-Olympic best, and improving Andersen's time by 18.4 seconds. His record did not survive the race, as [Johannesen] and [Kosichkin] both went below 16 minutes, but BÃ¤ckman was satisfied with the unexpected bronze medal. Apart from this succes, BÃ¤ckman's international results were fairly unremarkable. In international allround championships, he only twice qualified for the final distance - at the 1961 and 1963 European Championships - and never placed better than 11th in a single distance. He was able to show off his long distance capabilities better in Swedish championships, winning two distances titles each in the 5000 m (1959, 1961) and 10000 m (1959, 1960).
Personal Bests: 500 â 44.3 (1963); 1500 â 2:15.4 (1964); 5000 â 7:52.0 (1964); 10000 â 16:10.5 (1964).
|1960 Winter||25||Squaw Valley||Speed Skating||Men's 5,000 metres||Sweden||SWE||12|
|1960 Winter||25||Squaw Valley||Speed Skating||Men's 10,000 metres||Sweden||SWE||3||Bronze||WR|
|1960 Winter||25||Squaw Valley||Speed Skating||Sweden||Final Standings||12||8:16.0||21||58||1:35||2:14||2:54||3:33||4:12||4:51||5:31||6:12||6:53||7:35|
|1960 Winter||25||Squaw Valley||Speed Skating||Sweden||Final Standings||3||WR||16:14.2||40||1:18||1:56||2:34||3:12||3:50||4:29||5:08||5:47||6:25||7:04||7:43||8:21||9:00||9:39||10:18||10:58||11:37||12:16||12:55||13:35||14:14||14:54||15:34|