Johan Olsson (skier)

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Johan Olsson
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Johan Olsson
Full name Johan Arne Olsson
Born (1980-03-19) 19 March 1980 (age 38)
Skultuna, Västerås, Sweden
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Ski club Åsarna IK
World Cup career
Seasons 2001–2015, 2016-2017
Individual wins 5
Indiv. podiums 7

Johan Arne Olsson (born 19 March 1980) is a retired Swedish cross-country skier and Olympic champion who raced from 1998 to 2017. He has 5 individual FIS Cross-Country World Cup victories and 2 additional podium finishes. On 12 April 2017, his retirement from cross-country skiing was announced.[1]

In May 2018, it was announced that he, from the 2018–2019 season, becomes coach for Team Sweden in men's cross-country skiing together with Mattias Nilsson and Fredrik Uusitalo.[2]

Athletic career[edit]

Olsson became an Olympian in 2006 when he was selected to represent Sweden in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He earned a bronze medal in the 4 x 10 km relay and finished 6th in the 15 km event. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Olsson earned a bronze medal in the 30 km pursuit after leading most of the race, and together with the Swedish team he won the gold medal on the 4 x 10 km relay after a deciding performance on the 2nd stage. During the same Olympic Games Olsson won another bronze medal in the 50 km event.

In the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2013 in Val di Fiemme, Olsson won the prestigious 50 km classical race. He pulled ahead of the pack after 20 km and never let go of his lead.[3] It was an impressive solo performance to win Sweden's first gold medal on the 50 km in a big competition in over 20 years. Olsson also won silver on the 15 km freestyle, finishing 9 seconds behind Petter Northug.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics Olsson won a silver medal at the 15 km classical.

Olsson retired from skiing before the 2015-2016 season, but announced a comeback in April 2016 for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti.[4] Olsson retired from professional skiing in April 2017.[5]

Olympic results Olympic rings without rims.svg[edit]

  • 6 medals – (2 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze)
 Year   Age   15 km 
individual
 30 km 
 skiathlon 
 50 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2006 25 6 23 25 3
2010 29 11 3 3 1
2014 33 2 9 1

World Championship results[edit]

  • 8 medals – (2 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze)
 Year   Age   15 km 
individual
 30 km 
 skiathlon 
 50 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2005 24 46 21 19 7
2007 26 7 20
2009 28 8 16 6
2011 30 17 16 16 2
2013 32 2 1 2
2015 34 1 3 2
2017 36 9 26 3

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[6]

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 5 victories – (5 WC)
  • 7 podiums – (7 WC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 2008–09 13 December 2008 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
2 24 January 2009 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
3 14 February 2009 Italy Valdidentro, Italy 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
4 2011–12 19 November 2011 Norway Sjusjøen, Norway 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st
5 11 February 2012 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 30 km Mass Start C World Cup 1st
6 18 February 2012 Poland Szklarska Poręba, Poland 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
7 2012–13 17 February 2013 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual F World Cup 1st

Team podiums[edit]

  • 1 victory – (1 RL)
  • 9 podiums – (9 RL)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1 2003–04 14 December 2003 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 3rd Larsson / Larsson / Högberg
2 2007–08 9 December 2007 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 3rd Larsson / Södergren / Hellner
3 2008–09 23 November 2008 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Rickardsson / Andreasson / Hellner
4 7 December 2008 France La Clusaz, France 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Rickardsson / Södergren / Hellner
5 2010–11 21 November 2010 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 1st Larsson / Rickardsson / Hellner
6 2011–12 20 November 2011 Norway Sjusjøen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 3rd Hellner / Rickardsson / Halfvarsson
7 12 February 2012 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Rickardsson / Södergren / Hellner
8 2012–13 25 November 2012 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 7.5 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Jönsson / Rickardsson / Hellner
9 20 January 2013 France La Clusaz, France 4 × 7.5 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Rickardsson / Halfvarsson / Hellner
10 2016–17 21 January 2017 Sweden Ulricehamn, Sweden 4 × 7.5 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Rickardsson / Hellner / Halfvarsson

Personal life[edit]

Olsson married his former teammate Anna Olsson (née Dahlberg) in 2008. Together they have two daughters, named Molly and Signe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gustaf Andersson (12 April 2017). "Därför lägger Johan Olsson av" (in Swedish). Dagens nyheter. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Johan Olsson tillbaka i skidlandslaget" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Johan Olsson wins 50K cross-country ski world championship". Sports Illustrated. CNN. March 3, 2013. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.fis-ski.com/cross-country/news-multimedia/news/article=olsson-back-the-national-swedish-coaching-staff-announced.html
  5. ^ http://www.fis-ski.com/cross-country/news-multimedia/news/article=johan-olsson-retires-from-elite-skiing.html
  6. ^ "OLSSON Johan". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 

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