Bjarne Andersson

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Bjarne Andersson
Bjarne Andersson Grenoble 1968.jpg
Andersson at the 1968 Olympics
Personal information
Born 28 April 1940
Motala, Sweden
Died 11 August 2004 (aged 72)
Mora, Sweden
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Sport
Sport Cross-country skiing
Club IFK Mora

Bjarne Lennart "Ödeshögarn" Andersson (28 April 1940 – 11 August 2004) was a Swedish cross-country skier who won a 4×10 km silver medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics; he finished sixth in the individual 15 km race.[1][2]

Andersson did his military service in the cavalry in Umeå. He was a Swedish 15 km champion in 1968, and won six national skiing titles in the 3×10 km relay between 1966 and 1973. He also won three individual and one team titles in cross-country running. During that time he worked at a gas station in Mora and was clearing the forest nearby. Later he became a shoe specialist and developed a ski boot model that was named after him. After that he ran his own sports shop specializing in equipment for cross-country skiing and running. In addition, between 1976 and 1980 he coached the national ski team, and in 1983–87 worked as a sports commentator on television. He continued competing in the masters category, and won three world titles in 1997.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bjarne Andersson. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b Bjarne Andersson. Swedish Olympic Committee