Full name: GÃ¶the Emanuel Hedlund
Born: July 30, 1918 in Orkesta, Vallentuna, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 15, 2003 in LidingÃ¶, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliations: Brunnsvikens SK, Stockholm (SWE)
Sport: Speed Skating
Related Olympians: Father of Ylva Hedlund.
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
GÃ¶the Hedlund started in his first international tournaments before World War I. When international skating resumed in 1946, he emerged as one of the best in the world, having been able to continue training in neutral Sweden. He won the unofficial European Championships that year, placing second in the next two seasons. In these tournaments, his best distance was the 5,000 m, and he was one of the favourites for that distance at the 1948 Olympics. He did not disappoint, finishing third and winning Sweden's first Olympic speed skating medal. Hedlund continued to skate until the 1952 Games, racing with the best internationally, but without winning any medals. In national championships, he won 12 titles: 1500 m (1947, 1949), 3000m (1947, 1949), 5000 m (1939, 1947, 1949) and 10,000 m (1939, 1944-1945, 1949 and 1950). GÃ¶the Hedlund's daughter [Ylva] later followed in her father's footsteps, competing in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics.
Personal Bests: 500 â 44.5 (1951); 1500 â 2:18.4 (1948); 5000 â 8:18.7 (1951); 10000 â 17:23.9 (1949).
|1948 Winter||29||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Men's 500 metres||Sweden||SWE||20|
|1948 Winter||29||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Men's 1,500 metres||Sweden||SWE||8|
|1948 Winter||29||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Men's 5,000 metres||Sweden||SWE||3||Bronze|
|1948 Winter||29||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Men's 10,000 metres||Sweden||SWE||AC||DNF|
|1952 Winter||33||Oslo||Speed Skating||Men's 5,000 metres||Sweden||SWE||11|
|1952 Winter||33||Oslo||Speed Skating||Men's 10,000 metres||Sweden||SWE||9|
|1948 Winter||29||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Sweden||Final Standings||20||45.6|
|1948 Winter||29||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Sweden||Final Standings||8||2:20.7||29||1:05||1:42|
|1948 Winter||29||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Sweden||Final Standings||3||8:34.8||58||1:35||2:14||2:55||3:36||4:17||5:01||5:42||6:24||7:08||7:52|
|1952 Winter||33||Oslo||Speed Skating||Sweden||Final Standings||11||8:39.2||1:40||2:21||3:02||3:43||4:25||5:07||5:49||6:31||7:14||7:56||1:00|
|1948 Winter||29||Sankt Moritz||Speed Skating||Sweden||Final Standings||AC||DNF||44||1:25||2:08||2:49||3:28||4:12||4:55||5:37||6:20||7:04||7:45||8:30||9:13||9:57||10:41||11:25|
|1952 Winter||33||Oslo||Speed Skating||Sweden||Final Standings||9||43||1:22||2:03||2:44||3:25||4:08||4:50||5:33||6:16||6:59||7:41||8:25||9:08||9:51||10:33||11:16||17:39.2||11:59||12:42||13:25||14:07||14:50||15:33||16:16||16:58|