Gunde Svan

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Gunde Svan
GundeSvanRallycross1994.jpg
Gunde Svan in 1994
Full name Anders Gunde Svan
Born (1962-01-12) 12 January 1962 (age 56)
Dala-Järna, Sweden
Ski club Dala-Järna IK
World Cup career
Seasons 19821991
Individual wins 30
Indiv. podiums 46
Overall titles 5 – (19841986, 1988, 1989)
Updated on
FIA ERX Division 1 Championship
Years active 19941995
Former teams Christer Bohlin Motorsport
Starts 23
Wins 1
Podiums 11
Best finish 3rd in 1995
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Gunde Svan (born 12 January 1962 in Dala-Järna, Dalarna County) is a former Swedish cross-country skier and auto racing driver. During his cross-country skiing career he won a total of four gold, one silver and one bronze medals at the Winter Olympics. Svan won a total of seven golds (15 km - 1989; 30 km and 4 x 10 km - 1985, 1991; 50 km - 1985, 1989; and 4 x 10 km - 1987), three silvers (15 km, 50 km, 4 x 10 km (all 1991)), and one bronze (4 x 10 km - 1985) at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Svan also won the 15 km once (1983) and the 50 km twice (1986, 1990) at the Holmenkollen ski festival. In 1984, he earned the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal, and in 1985, he earned the Holmenkollen medal (shared with Anette Bøe and Per Bergerud). He is currently active as a board member of the International Ski Federation.

Biography[edit]

During his skiing career he became known for his dedication and attention to details. For instance he used a lighter alloy on the tips of his ski poles saving four grams. He won two golds (15 km and relay), one bronze (30 km) and one silver (50 km) at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, he won two golds for 50 km and relay. He also won the World championship gold six times and won the World cup five times.

As a competitor in rallycross he got one gold medal in the Swedish Championship and a bronze medal in the FIA European Championship for Rallycross Drivers (1995: Division 1 – Group N category; with a Toyota Celica GT-Four). One of the reasons for getting into another sport was that some people called him a natural skier while he himself maintained that it's just a matter of will and dedication, according to his famous tagline "nothing is impossible". He applied the same methods to his driving as his skiing and even built his own reaction-tester to practice for the rallycross eminently important starts. When his compatriot and teamboss, the late Christer Bohlin, was not able to fulfill his promise to upgrade his Toyota team for 1996 into the top ERC category (Division 2 by then), Svan quit and gave up rallycross.

After retiring from his athletic career he has worked as the host for some game shows such as the Swedish version of American Gladiators, Fort Boyard and Bingolotto. He has played a seductive lady in the short movie En handelsresandes nöd, directed by Svenne Rubin and starring Claes Månsson, Björn Skifs and Gert Klötzke. He has also appeared in numerous commercials including a famous commercial where he impersonated fellow skier Thomas Wassberg.

Svan resigned from his position as Chief of Cross-Country for Sweden on the week of 4 May 2009 after he was involved in its reorganization. He participated in Let's Dance 2018 broadcast on TV4 where he finished 3rd together with Jeanette Carlsson.

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[1]

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 30 victories
  • 46 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 1982–83 12 March 1983 Norway Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual World Cup 3rd
2 19 March 1983 United States Anchorage, United States 15 km Individual World Cup 1st
3 27 March 1983 Canada Labrador City, Canada 30 km Individual World Cup 1st
4 1983–84 16 December 1983 Austria Ramsau, Austria 30 km Individual World Cup 1st
5 10 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 30 km Individual Olympic Games[1] 3rd
6 13 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 15 km Individual Olympic Games[1] 1st
7 19 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 50 km Individual Olympic Games[1] 2nd
8 25 February 1984 Sweden Falun, Sweden 30 km Individual World Cup 1st
9 2 March 1984 Finland Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual World Cup 3rd
10 10 March 1984 Norway Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual World Cup 3rd
11 17 March 1984 United States Fairbanks, United States 15 km Individual World Cup 1st
12 1984–85 9 December 1984 Italy Cogne, Italy 15 km Individual World Cup 3rd
13 18 January 1985 Austria Seefeld, Austria 30 km Individual World Championships[1] 1st
14 27 January 1985 Austria Seefeld, Austria 50 km Individual World Championships[1] 1st
15 16 February 1985 Bulgaria Aleko, Bulgaria 15 km Individual World Cup 1st
16 23 February 1985 Soviet Union Syktyvkar, Soviet Union 15 km Individual World Cup 1st
17 9 March 1985 Sweden Falun, Sweden 30 km Individual World Cup 1st
18 14 March 1985 Norway Oslo, Norway 15 km Individual World Cup 2nd
19 1985–86 8 December 1985 Canada Labrador City, Canada 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
20 14 December 1985 United States Biwabik, United States 30 km Individual F World Cup 1st
21 11 January 1986 France La Bresse, France 30 km Individual C World Cup 1st
22 15 January 1986 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bohinj, Yugoslavia 5 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
23 14 February 1986 Germany Oberstdorf, West Germany 50 km Individual F World Cup 1st
24 23 February 1986 Soviet Union Kavgolovo, Soviet Union 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
25 2 March 1986 Finland Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
26 14 March 1986 Norway Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual C World Cup 1st
27 1986–87 10 December 1986 Austria Ramsau, Austria 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
28 13 December 1986 Italy Cogne, Italy 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
29 1987–88 12 December 1987 France La Clusaz, France 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
30 15 December 1987 Italy Kastelruth, Italy 30 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
31 19 December 1987 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
32 27 February 1988 Canada Calgary, Canada 50 km Individual F Olympic Games[1] 1st
33 1988–89 10 December 1988 Austria Ramsau, Austria 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
34 14 December 1988 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bohinj, Yugoslavia 30 km Individual F World Cup 1st
35 17 December 1988 Italy Val di Sole, Italy 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
36 13 January 1989 Czechoslovak Socialist Republic Nové Město, Czechoslovakia 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
37 15 January 1989 Czechoslovak Socialist Republic Nové Město, Czechoslovakia 30 km Individual C World Cup 1st
38 20 February 1989 Finland Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual F World Championships[1] 1st
39 26 February 1989 Finland Lahti, Finland 50 km Individual F World Championships[1] 1st
40 1989–90 13 January 1990 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union 30 km Individual F World Cup 1st
41 21 February 1990 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 30 km Individual C World Cup 1st
42 6 March 1990 Norway Trondheim, Norway 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
43 17 March 1990 Norway Vang, Norway 50 km Individual F World Cup 1st
44 1990–91 7 February 1991 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 30 km Individual C World Championships[1] 1st
45 9 February 1991 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 15 km Individual F World Championships[1] 2nd
46 17 February 1991 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 50 km Individual F World Championships[1] 2nd

Team podiums[edit]

  • 9 victories
  • 14 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1 1983–84 16 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 4 x 10 km Relay Olympic Games[1] 1st Wassberg / Kohlberg / Ottosson
2 25 February 1984 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4 x 10 km Relay World Cup 1st Östlund / Wassberg / Ottosson
3  1984–85  24 January 1985 Austria Seefeld, Austria 4 x 10 km Relay World Championships[1] 3rd Östlund / Wassberg / Eriksson
4 10 March 1985 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4 x 10 km Relay World Cup 2nd Östlund / Wassberg / Mogren
5 17 March 1985 Norway Oslo, Norway 4 x 10 km Relay World Cup 1st Eriksson / Danielsson / Wassberg
6 1985–86 9 March 1986 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4 x 10 km Relay F World Cup 1st Östlund / Eriksson / Mogren
7 13 March 1986 Norway Oslo, Norway 4 x 10 km Relay F World Cup 1st Östlund / Eriksson / Mogren
8 1986–87 17 February 1987 West Germany Oberstdorf, West Germany 4 x 10 km Relay F World Championships[1] 1st Östlund / Wassberg / Mogren
9 1987–88 24 February 1988 Canada Calgary, Canada 4 x 10 km Relay F Olympic Games[1] 1st Ottosson / Wassberg / Mogren
10 13 March 1988 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4 x 10 km Relay F World Cup 1st Ottosson / Mogren / Majbäck
11 17 March 1988 Norway Oslo, Norway 4 x 10 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Ottosson / Mogren / Majbäck
12 1988–89 24 February 1989 Finland Lahti, Finland 4 x 10 km Relay M World Championships[1] 1st Majbäck / Håland / Mogren
13  1990–91  15 February 1991 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 4 x 10 km Relay M World Championships[1] 2nd Eriksson / Majbäck / Mogren
14 1 March 1991 Finland Lahti, Finland 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Eriksson / Mogren / Forsberg

Note: 1 Until the 1999 World Championships and the 1994 Winter Olympics, World Championship and Olympic races were included in the World Cup scoring system.

Racing record[edit]

Complete FIA European Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Division 1[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Position Points
1994 Christer Bohlin Motorsport Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD AUT
5
POR
6
FRA
3
IRE
(8)
GBR
5
SWE
7
FIN
2
BEL
(7)
NED
(7)
NOR
(8)
GER
3
5th 92
1995 Christer Bohlin Motorsport Toyota Celica GT-Four AUT
3
POR
(5)
FRA
1
SWE
2
GBR
3
IRE
(7)
BEL
3
NED
3
NOR
(6)
FIN
2
CZE
2
GER
(4)
3rd 131

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athlete : SVAN Gunde". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 10 February 2018. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Gunde Svan at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Håkan Carlquist
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1984
Succeeded by
Patrik Sjöberg