Toini Gustafsson

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Toini Gustafsson Rönnlund
Toini Gustafsson Rönnlund in Jan 2014.jpg
Toini Gustafsson Rönnlund in January 2014
Full name Toini Lempi Gustafsson Rönnlund
Born (1938-01-17) 17 January 1938 (age 77)
Suomussalmi, Kainuu, Finland
Height 162 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Ski club IFK Likenäs
Skellefteå SK

Toini Gustafsson Rönnlund (born Toini Karvonen on 17 January 1938 in Suomussalmi, Finland) is a former Swedish cross country skier who competed during the 1960s. She competed in two Winter Olympics, earning a total of four medals. Gustafsson also competed several times at the Holmenkollen ski festival, winning three times at 10 km (1960, 1967, and 1968). Additionally, she won three medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a silver in 1962 (3 x 5 km), and two bronzes in 1966 (10 km and 3 x 5 km). In 1968, she was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.[1]

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.

She was married with the former Swedish cross-country skier Assar Rönnlund, who died on 5 January 2011.[2] They are 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 with Rönnlund earning the honor in 1962 and Gustafsson earning the award six years later.

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).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bragdmedaljörer genom tiderna" (in Swedish). Svenska dagbladet. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Assar Rönnlund död" (in Swedish). Svenska dagbladet. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Toini Gustafsson Rönnlund at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Erik Petterson, Gösta Petterson, Sture Petterson, & Tomas Petterson
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1968
Succeeded by
Ove Kindvall