Erik Larsson (skier)

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Erik Larsson
Erik Larsson-Kiruna.jpg
Larsson at the 1936 Olympics
Personal information
Born 12 April 1912
Kurravaara, Sweden
Died 10 March 1982 (aged 69)
Kiruna, Sweden
Height 163 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Sport
Sport Cross-country skiing
Club IFK Kiruna

Erik August Larsson (12 April 1912 – 10 March 1982) was a Swedish cross-country skier who competed in the 1930s. He won two medals at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with a gold in the 18 km and a bronze in the 4×10 km. The same year he was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal. Larsson also won a bronze in the 4×10 km relay at the 1935 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.[1][2]

Larsson was born as the second youngest of six siblings in a religious Finnish-speaking family. In 1935, he started working as a cleaner at the Kiruna iron ore mine in the summer and as a lumberjack in the winter. In 1939, after attending a prayer meeting in Kurravaara he gave up his sport career and became a Laestadian Christian. He was later a preacher in the Firstborn Laestadian congregation in Kiruna. His son Lars became a preacher in Luleå, while his granddaughter Åsa Larsson was a tax lawyer and a writer of crime novels.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erik Larsson. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Erik Larsson. Swedish Olympic Committee

External links[edit]

Media related to Erik Larsson (skier) at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Hans Drakenberg
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1936
Succeeded by
Torsten Ullman