Nils Karlsson

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Nils "Mora-Nisse" Karlsson
Nils 'Mora-Nisse' Karlsson Vasaloppet 1950 001.jpg
Nils "Mora-Nisse" Karlsson (1950)
Personal information
Full name Nils Emanuel Karlsson
Born (1917-06-25)June 25, 1917
Mora, Dalarna, Sweden
Died June 16, 2012(2012-06-16) (aged 94)
Mora, Dalarna, Sweden
Professional information
Club IFK Mora SK

Nils Emanuel Karlsson (25 June 1917 – 16 June 2012),[1] better known as Mora-Nisse, was a Swedish cross-country skier. He was born in Mora, Dalarna.[2][3]

He won the Olympic gold medal in the 50 km at the 1948 Winter Olympics, a bronze medal in 50 km at the 1950 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, and a total of 37 gold medals in Swedish national championships, 17 in individual competition.[2][3]

He also won Vasaloppet nine times (in 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1953).[2] Karlsson won the Holmenkollen ski festival 50 km event twice (1947 and 1951) as well. For his success in cross-country skiing, Karlsson was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1952 (shared with Stein Eriksen, Torbjørn Falkanger and Heikki Hasu). Eight years earlier, Karlsson was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.

Karlsson has meant a lot to Vasaloppet, initially through his many victories. With the aid of Sven Jerring's radio sports commentary, he made Vasaloppet known throughout the country.

After his active career, he participated in the administration of Vasaloppet, both as a leader and as chief of the course.


  1. ^ "Mora-Nisse har avlidit". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 16 June 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nils "Mora-Nisse" Karlsson". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Nils Karlsson at the International Ski Federation. Retrieved 3 September 2010.

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Preceded by
Arne Andersson
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
Succeeded by
Claes Egnell