Tony Olsson

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Tony Olsson
Personal information
Nationality  Sweden
Date of birth (1965-03-13) March 13, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth    Visby, Sweden
Current club information
Career status Retired
Career history
Bysarna (SWE)
Reading Racers
Smederna (SWE)
Swindon Robins
Belle Vue Aces
Exeter Falcons
Ipswich Witches
1982-1992, 1996-1998
1986-1990, 1993, 1995-1996
1994-1995
1991, 1994
1992
1992
1992
Individual honours
None
Team honours
British League Champions
British League KO Cup Winners
Premiership Winners
BSPA Cup Winners
British League Fours Champions
British League Div. 2 Pairs Champion
Swedish Elitserien Champion
Swedish Pairs Champion
1990, 1992
1990
1993
1992
1993
1994
1988
1988
Not to be confused with the neo-Nazi and convicted murderer Tony Olsson (criminal).

John Tony Olsson (born 13 March 1965, Visby, Sweden)[1] is a former international motorcycle speedway rider. He was a member of the Sweden speedway team when they finished third in the 1988 and 1989 World Team Cup finals. He also represented his country at Test level.[2]

Career[edit]

Born on the Swedish island Gotland, Tony Olsson began his career with the club Bysarna. In 1982 he made his debut for the senior team and already 1983 he won Rider of the season. He twice finished runner-up in the Swedish Under-21 Championship in 1984 and 1985. One year later in 1986, Olsson finished runner-up in the World Under-21 Championship, despite suffering an engine failure in one heat. In 1988 he played a huge part in Bysarna becoming Swedish champions. The same year he won the Swedish Pairs Championship with former World Champion Per Jonsson. In 1991 he won it again with Dennis Löfqvist. In 1989 Olsson became the only Swedish rider to qualify for the World Final in Munich. In the only World Final of his career he finished in eighth place.

Olsson rode in the UK for the Reading Racers from 1986, where he became the team captain and then onto the Swindon Robins for a year in 1991 after he was forced out of Reading's line-up due to average restrictions after winning the British League Championship in 1990. He returned in 1993 after a loan spell with Belle Vue Aces.[3]

In 1994, whilst on loan again to the Swindon Robins, he won the British League Division Two Pairs Championship with partner Steve Langdon.

He returned to the Racers in 1995 and in his final season in 1996 he was voted 'Rider of the Year' by the Reading fans.[4]

Retirement[edit]

After his retirement he became the team manager of Sweden. As team manager he won the Speedway World Championship in 2003 and 2004. He now works as Race Director in the Speedway Grand Prix.

World Final Appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P (1991). 1991 Speedway Yearbook. ISBN 0-948882-20-4
  2. ^ Oakes, P.(2005). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-30-1
  3. ^ Bamford, R.(2007). Speedway Yearbook 2007. ISBN 978-0-7524-4250-1
  4. ^ Reading Speedway Official Website (accessed 2 October 2007)