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 37)
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]

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.[2] 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.[3] Olsson retired from professional skiing in April 2017. [4]

Personal life[edit]

Olsson married his former teammate Anna Olsson (née Dahlberg) in 2008. Together they have a daughter, named Molly.

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