At a glance

30 Jul 1918 Orkesta, Sweden
Male
Göthe 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...

Göthe 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). Göthe Hedlund's daughter Ylva later followed in her father's footsteps, competing in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.5 (1951); 1500 – 2:18.4 (1948); 5000 – 8:18.7 (1951); 10000 – 17:23.9 (1949).

Göthe in numbers

2
Olympics
Olympics
1
medals
Gold medal: Silver medal: Bronze medal:1
  • Oslo
    Oslo 1952
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Oslo
    Oslo 1952
    • 11
      Speed Skating
      5,000 metres
    • 9
      Speed Skating
      10,000 metres
  • St. Moritz
    St. Moritz 1948
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    St. Moritz
    St. Moritz 1948
    • 20
      Speed Skating
      500 metres
    • 8
      Speed Skating
      1,500 metres
    • 3 Bronze medal
      Speed Skating
      5,000 metres
    • AC
      Speed Skating
      10,000 metres