Erika Kinsey

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Erika Kinsey
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Personal information
Birth nameErika Anna Kristina Wiklund
Born (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 31)
Nälden, Sweden
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Country Sweden
Event(s)High jump
Long jump
Triple jump
College teamCentral Missouri Jennies
ClubTrångsvikens IF
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)High jump: 1.97 m (2015)
Updated on 14 August 2015.

Erika Anna Kristina Kinsey (née Wiklund; born 10 March 1988) is a Swedish high jumper. She was European Junior Champion in 2007.


Wiklund was born in Nälden on 10 March 1988.[1] She took up sports as a child, playing ice hockey and association football in addition to competing in athletics; she did not start concentrating on the high jump until she was 14.[2] She was a leading age group jumper, clearing 1.86 m in 2004; the jump ranked her fourth on the world youth list that year, and second among athletes born in 1988 or later.[3][4] In the following years her development stagnated, and she did not improve her personal best again until the 2007 indoor season; she placed fifth at the 2005 World Youth Championships and eighth at the 2006 World Junior Championships.[3][5] In addition to the high jump, she occasionally competed in the long jump; she won both events at the 2005 Finland-Sweden youth international.[1][5]

Wiklund won gold in the high jump at the 2007 European Junior Championships in Hengelo. In a very close competition, the top four all cleared 1.82 m; Wiklund later said she did not realize she had won on countback until a photographer told her.[1] Wiklund improved her personal best to 1.91 m in 2008, but concentrating on athletics exhausted her mentally; she dropped the sport in 2009 and moved to Norway, where her brother lived, taking up ice hockey again.[6][7] She had a brief comeback in 2011, winning bronze with a jump of 1.82 m at the Swedish championships.[5][8]

In 2013 Wiklund decided to make a second, more serious comeback; she resumed high jumping in 2014, now as a student at the University of Central Missouri.[8] In the summer of 2014 she married Daniel Kinsey, an American, and changed her name to Erika Kinsey.[1][6] She attempted to qualify for the 2014 European Championships in Zürich, but failed to reach the qualifying standard of 1.90 m; she had a season best of 1.88 m both indoors and outdoors.[5][6]

Kinsey's results improved in 2015; she was NCAA Division II champion in the high jump both indoors and outdoors, and in the triple jump indoors, helping the Central Missouri Jennies win their first team titles.[5][9] She unexpectedly cleared 1.97 m at the European Team Championships in Cheboksary, improving her personal best from the MIAA outdoor championships by five centimetres; the jump moved her to third on the Swedish all-time list (behind Kajsa Bergqvist and Emma Green), and exceeded the qualifying standard for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.[5][7] She debuted in the IAAF Diamond League in July 2015 in Lausanne, jumping 1.94 m and placing third.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d Hedman, Jonas (20 July 2015). "Erika Kinsey – junior star who went the long road and qualified to the World Championships". Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Europas bästa junior i höjdhopp finns i Umeå" (in Swedish). SVT. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b Svärdkrona, Zendry (23 July 2007). "Bättre än Kajsa". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  4. ^ "High Jump - women - youth - outdoor - 2004". International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Erika Kinsey at Tilastopaja (registration required)
  6. ^ a b c Gunnholt, Simon (30 July 2014). ""Vad gör jag egentligen, jag har ju inte nått mina drömmar"" (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  7. ^ a b Wennerholm, Mats (21 June 2015). "Nya svenskknallen – Kinsey hoppade 1,97". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b Selgeryd, Fredrik (18 July 2014). "År utan friidrott – tillbaka högst upp på pallen" (in Swedish). Gefle Dagblad. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  9. ^ "UCM's Erika Kinsey Qualifies for Track and Field World Championships". University of Central Missouri Athletics. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Kinsey missnöjd trea i Lausanne". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 9 July 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.

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