Tom Sjogren

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Tom Sjogren (also spelled Sjögren) is a US explorer originally from Sweden who has completed the Three Poles Challenge - climbing Mount Everest (in 1999, after three previous attempts)[1][2] and leading unsupported expeditions to the North and South Poles.[3] He completed the Three Poles Challenge with his wife, Tina; they are the first married couple to achieve this and she is the first woman to do so.[4][5] They billed themselves at the time as "T & T". They also broke broadcasting records on two of their three expeditions: the world altitude broadcasting record on Everest and the first live audiovisual broadcast from the Antarctic ice cap (in November 2001). They reached the South Pole on February 2, 2002.[5] On their expedition to the North Pole, they also broadcast live, and broke the speed record with a time of 118 days, reaching the Pole on 29 May 2002.[6] At both poles, they raised an American flag a friend had found on the street in New York on September 11.[7]

Sjogren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov 8, 1959. He married Tina Sjogren, a political refugee born in Prague, in 1983, and the couple emigrated to New York in 1996.[6] In Stockholm, they had a nationwide toilet paper delivery service, Easyshop.[4]

Sjogren co-founded and helps run the website www.explorersweb.com.[8][9][10][11]

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  1. ^ Richard Gray, "Life and death at 30,000 feet", Scotland on Sunday, May 28, 2006.
  2. ^ Scott Peterson, "In K2 aftermath, lessons learned", The Christian Science Monitor, August 6, 2008.
  3. ^ David Hanners (March 13, 2007). "Bancroft Abandons Arctic Quest: Equipment Damage, Cold Block Explorer's Return to the Pole". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Mark Beech, "Top of the World: A husband and wife make a grueling trip to the North Pole to cap a historic trekking triple crown", SI Adventure, CNN/Sports Illustrated, July 1, 2002.
  5. ^ a b Brian Handwerk, "Married Couple Conquers All 'Three' Poles", National Geographic News, May 31, 2002, p. 1.
  6. ^ a b Sjogren Tom & Tina (Sweden), ExploraPoles, International Polar Foundation, retrieved October 10, 2012.
  7. ^ "Married Couple Conquers All 'Three' Poles", National Geographic, p. 2.
  8. ^ Nancy Wride, "She's feeling on top of the world", Los Angeles Times, May 19, 2007.
  9. ^ Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press, "Explorers say they set record in South Pole trek", U-T San Diego, January 8, 2009.
  10. ^ "Explorers' descendants follow in their footsteps", The Scotsman, January 9, 2009.
  11. ^ Monte Reel, "Adventurer to the End; NW Doctor, 69, Dies Descending Everest", Washington Post, June 12, 2004.

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