Per-Erik Hedlund

Per-Erik Hedlund (18 April 1897 – 12 February 1975) was a Swedish cross-country skier. He competed in the 18 and 50 km events at the 1924 and 1928 Olympics and won the gold medal over 50 km in 1928, more than 13 minutes ahead of fellow Swede Gustaf Jonsson. While competing, he wore a show-white outfit, which was later considered as lucky, and was worn by Swedish Nordic skiers at every Winter Olympics for the next 48 years.[1][2]

Per-Erik Hedlund
Per-Erik Hedlund StMortiz 1928.jpg
Hedlund at the 1928 Olympics
Personal information
Born18 April 1897
Särnaheden, Sweden
Died12 February 1975 (aged 77)
Särna, Sweden
SportCross-country skiing
ClubSärna SK

Hedlund finished sixth in the 50 km event, but won the 4 × 10 km relay at the 1933 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. He won the Vasa run in 1926 and 1928. In 1928 Hedlund wanted to share the victory with his best friend Sven Utterström. They crossed the finish line simultaneously, but gave up their medals after the jury decided to award gold to Hedlund. Hedlund won nine individual Swedish Championships over various distances. He received the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1928.[1][2]

In his prime Hedlund worked six days a week in the woods and skied on the seventh.[1]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[3]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 1 medal – (1 gold)
 Year   Age   18 km   50 km 
1924 26 6 DNF
1928 30 6 Gold

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 1 medal – (1 gold)
 Year   Age   17 km  18 km  50 km  4 × 10 km 
1930 32 N/A 11 N/A
1933 35 N/A 6 Gold


  1. ^ a b c Per-Erik Hedlund.
  2. ^ a b Per-Erik Hedlund. Swedish Olympic Committee
  3. ^ "HEDLUND Per-Erik". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 13 January 2020.

External linksEdit

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