Sixten Jernberg

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Sixten Jernberg
Sixten Jernberg WC Lahti 1958 002.jpg
Sixten Jernberg at the 1958 World Championships
Personal information
Full name Edy Sixten Jernberg
Born (1929-02-06)February 6, 1929
Lima, Dalarna, Sweden
Died July 14, 2012(2012-07-14) (aged 83)
Mora, Dalarna, Sweden
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Professional information
Club Lima IF

Edy Sixten Jernberg (6 February 1929 – 14 July 2012)[1] was a Swedish cross-country skier.

Jernberg was born in Lima, Dalarna County.[1] He was a blacksmith and a lumberjack before beginning his career as a cross-country distance skier.[2] Through a career lasting from the 1954 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun to the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, he won four World Championships gold medals and nine Olympic medals. Among his unique feats are that, in 12 starts, over three consecutive Winter Games, he never finished worse than fifth.

Jernberg specialised in the longer distances, with four of his eight gold medals coming in the 50 km distance, one was over 30 km and three in 4 x 10 km. He also won Vasaloppet twice, 1955 and 1960.[3] He won the 15 km at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 1954.

For his cross-country skiing successes, Jernberg was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1960 (shared with Helmut Recknagel, Sverre Stensheim and Tormod Knutsen). He was also awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1956 (shared with pentathlete Lars Hall).[3]

Jernberg retired after the Olympic Winter Games of 1964. In 1965, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded Jernberg the Mohammed Taher Trophy for his contributions to Nordic skiing.[2]

Training[edit]

At one competition, Jernberg had a fever and coughed up blood, but still finished the 50 km event.[4] Gunde Svan said: "It was almost like [Sixten] didn't like his own body and tried to punish it in different ways."[5]

Results in major competitions[edit]

Competition Year Distance Place
Winter Olympics
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo
15 km
2nd
30 km
2nd
50 km
1st
4 x 10 km
3rd
1960 Squaw Valley
15 km
2nd
30 km
1st
50 km
5
4 x 10 km
4
1964 Innsbruck
15 km
3rd
30 km
5
50 km
1st
4 x 10 km
1st
World Championships
1954 Falun
30 km
4
4 x 10 km
3rd
1958 Lahti
15 km
4
30 km
3rd
50 km
1st
4 x 10 km
1st
1962 Zakopane
30 km
10
50 km
1st
4 x 10 km
1st

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Champion skiier Sixten Jernberg dies". Radio Sweden. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Sixten Jernberg". SR/Olympic Sports. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Sixten Jernberg, Swedish XC Star, Dead At 83". SkiRacing. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/vintersport/skidor/article8161216.ab
  5. ^ Från Sixten till Kalla (From Sixten to Kalla), a documentary film about Swedish ski history during the last 100 years by Jens Lind, SVT, 2008.

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Himself
Athletes with the most medals at Winter Olympics
February 25, 1988 – February 17, 1992
With: Raisa Smetanina
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Raisa Smetanina
Preceded by
Himself with Finland Clas Thunberg
and Norway Ivar Ballangrud
Athletes with the most medals at Winter Olympics
February 5, 1964 – February 25, 1988
Succeeded by
Himself with Soviet Union Raisa Smetanina
Preceded by
Finland Clas Thunberg
and Norway Ivar Ballangrud
Athletes with the most medals at Winter Olympics
February 2, 1964 – February 5, 1964
With: Clas Thunberg
Ivar Ballangrud
Succeeded by
Himself
Awards
Preceded by
Sigvard Ericsson
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
with Lars Hall

1956
Succeeded by
Dan Waern