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Elis Wiklund

Full name: Elis Wiklund
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: December 12, 1909 in Ullånger, Kramfors, Västernorrland, Sweden
Died: March 17, 1982 in Sollefteå, Västernorrland, Sweden
Affiliations: Kramfors IF, Kramfors (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Elis Wiklund started competing as a member of Salsåker-Ullånger IF, winning his first race as a junior at Skog in 1928. His breakthrough came at the 1934 Nordic World Ski Championships in Sollefteå. He already had achieved many victories locally but the Swedish Ski Association selected a squad of about 50 men and Wiklund was not on it. His club then decided to send some of its own runners, and he won the 50-km race with no team support. After this unexpected victory he moved to Kramfors in 1936 and competing for this club won Olympic gold in the 50 km in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He was also a three-time Swedish Champion: 1938 in the 30 km and the relay, and 1941 in the 50 km. Wiklund also excelled as a musician, playing accordion on records from 1936. His life was featured in a novel called Hjältedrömmen (A Hero’s Dream) by Karl-Erik Johansson.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Winter 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Sweden SWE 1 Gold

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 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Sweden Final Standings 1 3-30:11 36:32 3 52:27 1 1-23:40 1 1-52:05 1 2-06:40 1 2-41:00 1 3-05:30 1
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