Per-Erik Hedlund

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Per-Erik Hedlund
Medal record
Men's cross-country skiing
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1928 St. Moritz 50 km
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1933 Innsbruck 4 x 10 km

Per-Erik Hedlund (April 18, 1897 – February 12, 1975) was a Swedish cross-country skier who competed in the 1920s and 1930s.

Per-Erik Hedlund. St. Moritz 1928

He was born in Särnaheden, Älvdalen Municipality, Dalarna County.

Hedlund participated in the 50 kilometre competition at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix, but did not finish.

He won the 50 km event at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz by 13 minutes, 27 seconds over fellow Swede Gustaf Jonsson. Hedlund's margin of victory is unequaled in Olympic history. In the 18 kilometre event he finished sixth. While competing, he wore a white outfit and red cap. In honor of this 1928 50 km victory, Swedish Nordic skiers wore white uniforms and red caps at every Winter Olympics for the next 48 years.

He also finished 6th in the 50 km event at the 1933 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and also won the 4 x 10 km relay at those same championships. Hedlund also won the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1928.


Preceded by
Sven Salén
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
Succeeded by
Gillis Grafström and Sven Utterström

External links[edit]

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