Jonny Nilsson


July 6, 2022

Erling Martin Jonny Nilsson (born 9 February 1943, died 22 June 2022 in Forshyttan in Värmland) was a Swedish skater. He won Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters in 1964 and became world champion in 1963.


Nilsson was one of the most distinguished long-distance runners in skating history, especially in the first years. He surprisingly beat the Norwegian favorites and won the world championship in skating in 1963 in Karuizawa, and at the same time set world records in 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and in total. Later in the year, he set a world record of 3,000 meters during a competition at Sætersgård Stadium on Tolga. He received Svenska Dagbladet's gold medal the same year. In 1965, he improved his own world record of 5,000 meters. At the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck, he was among the gold favorites in the long distances. He won 10,000 meters ahead of Fred Anton Maier and came in sixth place in the 5,000 meters. He was awarded the Oscar statuette in 1962 for his 10,000 meters at the World Championships. Weak sprint meant that he was only number ten overall. Jonny Nilsson was active at the top level 1962–1968. In 1972/73 he was one of the initiators of the professional skating league International Speedskating League (ISSL).

Olympic medals

1964 Innsbruck - Gold in speed skating, 10,000 meters Sweden


In 2017, Nilsson was diagnosed with prostate cancer with spread to the skeleton.




Nilsson, Jonny (1963). Aim for the stars (Swedish). Filipstad: Filipstads tr.-ab. Bjørnsen, Knut; Jorsett, Per (1971). "Jonny Nilsson - The Free-Speaking Master". The stars of skating. Oslo: Cappelen. pp. 145–148. [Access for Norwegian IP addresses / Digitized on by the National Library.]

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