Fredrik Lööf

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Fredrik Lööf
Personal information
Full name Max Emil Fredrik Lööf
Nationality  Sweden
Born (1969-12-13) 13 December 1969 (age 44)
Kristinehamn, Sweden
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Sport
Sport Sailing
Class(es) Finn, Star
Club Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet

Max Emil Fredrik Lööf (born 13 December 1969 in Kristinehamn, Sweden) is a Swedish professional sailor who has participated in six Summer Olympics, winning one gold and two bronze medals.[1] He won the gold medal in Star with Max Salminen at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the bronze medals in Finn in the 2000 Summer Olympics and with Anders Ekström in Star in the 2008 Summer Olympics.[2]

Biography[edit]

Fredrik Lööf was born in Kristinehamn close to Vänern on December 13, 1969. He started sailing the Optimist and started racing in the Optimist class at age eight and then continued to the Europe and OK classes.[3]

In 1988 Lööf started sailing Finn to qualify for the 1992 Summer Olympics.[4] He finished fifth in Finn in the 1992 Summer Olympics and the 1996 Summer Olympics.[5] In 2000, he won a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In addition he won three Finn World Championships and finished on the podium another four times.

After the 2000 Olympics, he moved on to the Star class. In the 2004 Summer Olympics, he finished 12th with Anders Ekström in Star.[5] He continued in the class together with Ekström and won the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Lööf sailed together with Max Salminen in the Star class, the team was created and coached by Italian Michele Marchesini. The team were making good results and on the day of the Medal race, the three medallist boats were decided with the Lööf/Salminen crew as potential bronze medallists. In the decisive race Lööf and Salminen made a good effort, while the other boats helmed by Iain Percy and Robert Scheidt were guarding each other. As winners of the Medal race, the Swedish team moved to the first place in the result list and became Olympic champions in the Star class.

Lööf will be amongst the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony flag bearers, holding the Swedish flag.[6]

Lööf also has won two World Championships in Star, in 2001 and 2004, and finished second once, in 2003. He has won the European Championships in Star three times, and finished on the podium another three times.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OS-guld till Lööf och Salminen - OS". SVT.se. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Tidigare studenten Fredrik Lööf tog OS-guld - GIH". Gih.se. 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  3. ^ C. Hildebrand, ed. (2004). 100 år under segel : svensk segling 1905-2005 : Svenska seglarförbundet. Stockholm: Nautiska förlaget. pp. 145–146. ISBN 91-89564-15-4. 
  4. ^ C. Hildebrand, ed. (2004). 100 år under segel : svensk segling 1905-2005 : Svenska seglarförbundet. Stockholm: Nautiska förlaget. p. 146. ISBN 91-89564-15-4. 
  5. ^ a b "Fredrik Lööf" (in Swedish). Swedish Olympic Committee. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Foto: William West/Scanpix. "Fredrik Lööf bär fanan på OS-avslutningen - Nyheter P4 Värmland". Sverigesradio.se. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Fredrik Lööf - Sveriges Olympiska Kommitté". Sok.se. 1969-12-13. Retrieved 2012-08-12.