|Toini Gustafsson Rönnlund|
Toini Gustafsson Rönnlund in January 2014
|Full name||Toini Lempi Gustafsson Rönnlund|
17 January 1938 |
Suomussalmi, Kainuu, Finland
|Height||162 cm (5 ft 4 in)|
|Ski club||IFK Likenäs
Toini Gustafsson Rönnlund (born Toini Karvonen on 17 January 1938) is a former Swedish cross country skier. She competed in the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics and won four medals. Gustafsson also won the 10 km race at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 1960, 1967 and 1968. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships she collected three medals with a silver in 1962 (3×5 km), and two bronzes in 1966 (10 km and 3×5 km).
For her successes in Nordic skiing and at the Holmenkollen, Gustafsson received the Holmenkollen medal in 1967 (Shared with Ole Ellefsæter). She is the first Swedish woman to ever win the Holmenkollen medal. In 1968, she was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.
She was married twice and had a daughter Eva born in 1956. In 1968 she divorced her first husband and married the former Swedish cross-country skier Assar Rönnlund, with whom she had two more children. They became the second husband-wife team to win the Holmenkollen medal (Rönnlund earned the medal in 1968). Additionally, they are the only husband and wife team to ever win the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.
Gustafsson is an ethnic Finn. She was born in Suomussalmi, Finland, but was evacuated to Sweden when she was a child (see Finnish war children). She retired from competitions in 1968 and later worked as a physical education teacher.
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- Toini Gustafsson at the International Ski Federation
- Holmenkollen medalists – click Holmenkollmedaljen for downloadable pdf file (Norwegian)
- Holmenkollen winners since 1892 – click Vinnere for downloadable pdf file (Norwegian)
- IOC Profile
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|Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal