Salén in 1959
|Born||7 November 1890
|Died||29 October 1969 (aged 78)
Sven Gustaf Salén (7 November 1890 – 29 October 1969) was a Swedish sailor who competed in the 1936 and 1952 Summer Olympics. In 1936, together with his wife Dagmar Salén, he won a bronze medal in the mixed 6 m class as the helmsman of the boat May Be. Sixteen years later he finished fourth as the helmsman of the boat May Be VII in the same event.
Between 1922 and 1962 Salén ran his company Salén Lines. His sailing career was boosted after his team won the 6 m event at the unofficial world championships in 1927. In 1927 he received the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.
Salén was also a singer-songwriter and a founder, with Ulf Peder Olrog, of the Swedish Song Archive. Two of his songs, "Sången till havet" (Song to the Ocean) and "Visa kring slånbom och månskära" (Song of Blackthorn and Crescent Moon) were recorded by Jussi Björling.
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