Famous Swedish Athletes

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Armand Duplantis
(Pole vaulter)
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Birthdate: November 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

Armand Duplantis is a Swedish pole vaulter. He currently holds the world indoor record with a height of 6.18 meters. When he was 15 years old, Duplantis won a gold medal at the 2015 World Youth Championships. He then went on to win a gold medal at the 2018 European Championships and a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.

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Annette Tånnander
(Athlete)
Annette Tånnander
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Birthdate: February 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Malmö Municipality, Sweden

Annette Tånnander is a former athlete who competed in the high jump and heptathlon events. She represented Sweden at the 1976 and 1984 Summer Olympics. After retiring from athletics, Annette Tånnander went on to pursue a career as a massage therapist and fitness trainer. She also co-wrote a book titled The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fitness.

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Alexander Steen
(Swedish Former Professional Ice Hockey Player)
Alexander Steen
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Birthdate: March 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Born to NHL forward Thomas Steen, Alexander Steen followed in his father’s footsteps to become a professional ice hockey player. The Canadian-born Swedish player, however, outshone his father by winning the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues. He later retired from the sport due to a back injury.

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Angelica Bengtsson
(Pole vaulter)
Angelica Bengtsson
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Birthdate: July 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Väckelsång, Sweden

Angelica Bengtsson is a Swedish athlete who competes in track and field events with a specialization in the pole vault. In 2010, she became the first athlete to win the pole vault event at the first Summer Youth Olympics. The current national record holder, Bengtsson has won many medals, including bronze medals at the 2015 and 2017 European Indoor Championships.

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Carolina Klüft
(The Only Athlete Ever to Win Three Consecutive World Titles in the Heptathlon)
Carolina Klüft
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Birthdate: February 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sandhult, Sweden

Former track and field athlete from Sweden, Carolina Klüft is an Olympic gold medalist. Born to Swedish soccer player Johnny Klüft and long jumper Ingalill Ahlm Klüft, Carolina was naturally drawn toward sports at an early age. She is also a student of peace and development and participates in charitable campaigns.

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Felix Rosenqvist
(Racecar driver)
Felix Rosenqvist
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Birthdate: November 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Värnamo

Swedish racing car driver Felix Rosenqvist has won both the Macau Grand Prix and the Masters of F3 twice. He has 3 wins in Formula E. Apart from racing, Felix loves skateboarding, hiking, and skiing. He enjoys music, too. He survived a crash during the 2021 Indycar series.

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Stefan Holm
(Athlete)
Stefan Holm
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Birthdate: May 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Forshaga, Sweden

Stefan Holm is retired Swedish high jumper who won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He also won silver medal at the 2003 Paris World Indoor Championship  and the 2002 Munich European Championship.  

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Patrik Sjöberg
(Athlete)
Patrik Sjöberg
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Birthdate: January 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Patrik Sjöberg is a former high-jumper who broke the world record by recording a jump of 2.42 meters in 1987. His record is currently the third-best in the world and the best in Europe. He has represented Sweden in three Olympic Games, winning two silver medals and a bronze. He also won four gold medals at the European Indoor Championships.

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Kajsa Bergqvist
(Former high jumper who won one bronze medal in the Olympic Games)
Kajsa Bergqvist
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Birthdate: October 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Known as the queen of high jump, Swedish athlete Kajsa Bergqvist has won numerous medals, including an Olympic bronze. Before she deviated to track events at age 10, Bergqvist had experimented with sports such as swimming and football. She has been a UNICEF ambassador and is openly bisexual.

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Daniel Ståhl
(Gold Medalist Discus Thrower at the 2020 Summer Olympics)
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Birthdate: August 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solna, Stockholm County, Sweden
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Linda Haglund
(Sprinter)
Linda Haglund
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Birthdate: June 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Enskede-Årsta-Vantör city district
Died: November 21, 2015

Swedish sprinter Linda Haglund made her international debut at age 15 and never looked back. She competed in the Olympics thrice, finishing fourth in the 100m event in Moscow. Part of the Legends of 1956, she became a painter, designer, and author after retirement. She died of cancer at 59.

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Gunder Hägg
(Swedish Middle-Distance Runner)
Gunder Hägg
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Birthdate: December 31, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albacken, Sweden
Died: November 27, 2004

Swedish athlete Gunder Hägg broke 15 world records throughout his illustrious career. The middle-distance runner was born to a lumberjack and first gained attention when he earned the second place at a national sports meet. Nicknamed Gunder the Wonder by his fans, he was once banned from competition for accepting payment.

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Ferry Svan
(Logging sportsman)
Ferry Svan
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Birthdate: October 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vansbro, Sweden

Ferry Svan is a Swedish professional logging sportsman who has many honors to his name. He is the first Swedish person to compete in a World Championship in logging sports, the first Swede to win a World Championship, and the youngest person to compete in logging sports as a Senior athlete. 

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Ludmila Engquist
(Hurdler and Bobsledder)
Ludmila Engquist
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Birthdate: April 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tambov Oblast, Russia
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Emma Green
(Bronze medalist High jumper at the 2005 IAAF World Championships)
Emma Green
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Birthdate: December 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Meraf Bahta
(Long-distance runner)
Meraf Bahta
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Birthdate: June 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eritrea
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Arne Andersson
(Swedish Middle Distance Runner)
Arne Andersson
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Birthdate: October 27, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Trollhättan, Sweden
Died: April 1, 2009

Best remembered for his rivalry with Gunder Hägg, Swedish middle-distance runner Arne Andersson set many world records and also won 7 national titles, including 2 individual and 5 relay titles. The Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal winner was once banned, like Hägg, for accepting money to run.

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Eric Lemming
(Swedish Track and Field Athlete)
Eric Lemming
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Birthdate: February 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: June 5, 1930

Swedish track and field athlete Eric Lemming was a pioneer in javelin throw and won three golds in the first two Olympic javelin events. He excelled in both the modern style and freestyle forms of javelin. He also exhibited his skills in high jump, hammer throw, and pole vault.

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Gert Fredriksson
(Swedish Sprint Canoeist)
Gert Fredriksson
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Birthdate: November 21, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nyköping, Sweden
Died: July 5, 2006

Swedish kayaker Gert Fredriksson had 7 World Championship titles and 6 Olympic golds in his kitty. The Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal- and Mohammad Taher Trophy-winning kayaker was one of the greatest in his domain. He remains the most successful sportsperson from his country at the Olympics.

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Lars Hall
(Modern pentathlete)
Lars Hall
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Birthdate: April 30, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Karlskrona, Sweden
Died: April 26, 1991

Lars Hall was a modern pentathlete who represented Sweden at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics. In 1952, Hall became the first civilian to win an individual gold medal in modern pentathlete at the Olympics. He also won an individual gold in the 1956 Olympics. The same year, Hall was honored with the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal for his achievements.