Jonny Nilsson


July 5, 2022

Erling Martin Jonny Nilsson (9 February 1943 – 22 June 2022) was a Swedish speed skater.


Nilsson competed in all international championships organized during that period from 1962 to 1968; seven times at both the European and World Championships (allround) and twice at the Winter Olympics (in 1964 and 1968). He achieved his greatest success at the 1963 World Cup, when he became world champion. He won his second and final title at the 1964 Winter Games, when he won the Olympic title in the 10,000 meters. In 1962, he became the fourth skater and first Swede to receive the Oscar Mathisen trophy. Nilsson was very popular in Sweden. After his skating career, he presented his own TV show Jonnys Hörna (Jonny's Hoek). In 1972 he was one of the initiators of the commercial International Speed ​​Skating League. He had long suffered from prostate cancer and died of its effects at the age of 79.


Personal records

World Records

* unofficial world record

Lowland Track World Records (unofficial)

Nobility Calendar

From February 24, 1963 to January 19, 1964, Jonny Nilsson was the captain of the Adelskalender. That put him at the top of the list for 329 days. Below are the personal bests (PRs) that took Jonny Nilsson to the top of the Adelskalender and the PRs he had when he was knocked out of the top spot. It also shows the data of the skaters who were at the top of the list before and after him.


Medal Mirror