At a glance
There were various candidates for a medal in the 1960 Olympic 10,000 m, but Kjell Bäckman was not considered one of them. Coached by world record holder Hjalmar Andersen, Bäckman 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 Bäckman was satisfied with the unexpected bronze medal. Apart from this succes, Bäckman's international results were fairly unremarkable. In international allround championships, he only twice...
Kjell in numbers
Squaw Valley 1960GamesResultsSportEventSquaw Valley 1960
12Speed Skating5,000 metres
3 Bronze medalSpeed Skating10,000 metres