Sweden at the Olympics

Sweden first participated at the Olympic Games at the inaugural 1896 Games, and has sent athletes to compete in every Games since then with one exception, the sparsely attended 1904 Summer Olympics. Sweden has earned medals at all Olympic games except for two, the 1896 Games and the 1904 Games (the latter of which Sweden did not compete at). The only other nation having earned medals at every Olympic game since 1908 is Sweden's neighboring country Finland.

Sweden at the
2018 Olympics
Flag of Sweden.svg
IOC codeSWE
NOCSwedish Olympic Committee
Websitewww.sok.se (in Swedish and English)
Medals
Gold
202
Silver
216
Bronze
234
Total
652
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Sweden hosted the Games on one occasion, the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. The equestrian events of the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne were held in Stockholm, due to quarantine reasons.

Swedish athletes have won a total of 494 medals at the Summer Olympic Games, and another 144 at the Winter Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee had Swedish officer and sports instructor Viktor Balck as one of its original members. The Swedish Olympic Committee was created and recognized in 1913.

Medal tablesEdit

*Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil. (1912)

Individual statisticsEdit

Most medalsEdit

According to official data of the Swedish Olympic Committee. This is a list of people who have won three or more Olympic gold medals for Sweden. Medals won in the 1906 Intercalated Games are not included. It includes top-three placings in 1896 and 1900, before medals were awarded for top-three placings.

Athlete Sport Years Games Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total
Gert Fredriksson Canoeing 1948–1960 Summer M 6 1 1 8
Sixten Jernberg Cross-country skiing 1956–1964 Winter M 4 3 2 9
Gunde Svan Cross-country skiing 1984–1988 Winter M 4 1 1 6
Henri Saint Cyr Equestrian 1936–1960 Summer M 4 0 0 4
Thomas Wassberg Cross-country skiing 1976–1988 Winter M 4 0 0 4
Wilhelm Carlberg Shooting 1908–1924 Summer M 4 3 0 7
Charlotte Kalla Cross-country skiing 2010–2018 Winter W 3 6 0 9
Alfred Swahn Shooting 1908–1924 Summer M 3 3 3 9
Agneta Andersson Canoeing 1980–1996 Summer W 3 2 2 7
Oscar Swahn Shooting 1908–1920 Summer M 3 1 2 6
Gillis Grafström Figure skating 1920–1932 Winter M 3 1 0 4
Tomas Gustafson Speed skating 1980–1992 Winter M 3 1 0 4
Marcus Hellner Cross-country skiing 2010–2014 Winter M 3 1 0 4
Ivar Johansson Wrestling 1928–1936 Summer M 3 0 0 3
Eric Lemming Athletics 1900–1912 Summer M 3 0 0 3
Daniel Norling Equestrian / Gymnastics 1908–1920 Summer M 3 0 0 3
Carl Westergren Wrestling 1920–1932 Summer M 3 0 0 3

Most appearancesEdit

Athlete Sport Years Games Gender No. of part.
Kerstin Palm Fencing 1964–1988 Summer W 7
Ragnar Skanåker Shooting 1972–1996 Summer M 7
Jörgen Persson Table tennis 1988–2012 Summer M 7
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén Equestrian 1992–2016 Summer W 7
Carl-Erik Eriksson Bobsleigh 1964–1984 Winter M 6
Fredrik Lööf Sailing 1992–2012 Summer M 6
Lars Frölander Swimming 1992–2012 Summer M 6
Therese Alshammar Swimming 1996–2016 Summer W 6

Age recordsEdit

Record Athlete Age Games Sport Event
Oldest medalist Oscar Swahn 72 years, 279 days 1920 Summer Olympics Shooting Men's 100 metre team running deer, double shots
Carl August Kronlund 58 years, 157 days 1924 Winter Olympics Curling Men's tournament
Youngest medalist Nils Skoglund 14 years, 11 days 1920 Summer Olympics Diving Men's plain high diving
Kim Martin Hasson 15 years, 348 days 2002 Winter Olympics Ice hockey Women's tournament
Oldest participant Oscar Swahn 72 years, 281 days 1920 Summer Olympics Shooting Men's 100 metre running deer, single shots
Carl August Kronlund 58 years, 157 days 1924 Winter Olympics Curling Men's tournament
Youngest participant Greta Carlsson 14 years, 2 days 1912 Summer Olympics Swimming Women's 100 metre freestyle
Jennie-Lee Burmansson 15 years, 220 days 2018 Winter Olympics Freestyle skiing Women's slopestyle

Hosted GamesEdit

Sweden has hosted the Games on one occasion. In 1956, the equestrian competitions were held in Stockholm.

Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events Note
1912 Summer Olympics Stockholm 6–22 July 28 2,406 102
1956 Summer Olympics (equestrian) Stockholm 11–17 June 29 159 6 Shared with Melbourne, Australia

Unsuccessful bidsEdit

Games Proposed host city Result Games awarded to
1984 Winter Olympics Gothenburg Third place in IOC voting Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1988 Winter Olympics Falun Runner-up in IOC voting Calgary, Canada
1992 Winter Olympics Falun Third place in IOC voting Albertville, France
1994 Winter Olympics Östersund Runner-up in IOC voting Lillehammer, Norway
1998 Winter Olympics Östersund Third place in IOC voting Nagano, Japan
2002 Winter Olympics Östersund (bid) Runner-up in IOC voting Salt Lake City, United States
2004 Summer Olympics Stockholm Fourth place in IOC voting Athens, Greece
2022 Winter Olympics Stockholm (bid) Cancelled bid Beijing, China
2026 Winter Olympics Stockholm (bid) Runner-up in IOC voting Milan-Cortina, Italy

Summary by sportEdit

AthleticsEdit

Sweden first competed in track and field athletics in 1896, sending 1 athlete (Henrik Sjöberg) who competed in four events. Sweden's first medal in the sport was a bronze in the 1900 marathon by Ernst Fast.

Sweden has earned 19 gold and 81 total medals in athletics, its second most successful sport after wrestling (28 gold and 86 total). Sweden is tied with Italy for 12th-most golds in the sport, while its total medal count would place it 7th.

Games Athletes Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1896 Athens 1 4/12 0 0 0 0
1900 Paris 8 11/23 0 0 1 1
Total 19 21 41 81
Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's 60 metres 1/2 1900 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 7–10 (1900)
Men's 100 metres 9/28 1896 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 6th (1936)
Men's marathon 15/28 1900 1900 1900 0 0 2 2   (1900, 1952)
Men's long jump 15/28 1896 1912 1920 1 0 2 3   (1920)
Men's triple jump 14/28 1900 1912 1912 3 3 2 8   (1912, 1948, 2004)
Men's high jump 22/28 1896 1920 2004 1 2 2 5   (2004)
Men's pole vault 19/28 1900 1908 N/A 0 0 3 3   (1908, 1912, 1952)
Men's discus throw 18/28 1896 1972 N/A 0 0 0 1   (1972)

GymnasticsEdit

Sweden sent one gymnast to the first Games in 1896; he did not medal.

Games Cyclists Events Gold Silver Bronze Total
1896 Athens 1 1/8 0 0 0 0
Total 5 2 1 8

ArtisticEdit

Event No. of
appearances
First
appearance
First
medal
First
gold medal
Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish
Men's vault 9/24 1896 N/A N/A 0 0 0 0 13th (1952)

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • "Sweden". International Olympic Committee.
  • "Sweden". Olympedia.com.
  • "Olympic Analytics/SWE". olympanalyt.com.