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21 Feb 1934 Goteborg, Sweden
Tjalle
Male

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

1
Olympics
Olympics
1
medals
Gold medal: Silver medal: Bronze medal:1
  • Squaw Valley
    Squaw Valley 1960
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Squaw Valley
    Squaw Valley 1960
    • 12
      Speed Skating
      5,000 metres
    • 3 Bronze medal
      Speed Skating
      10,000 metres

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