Sweden has competed at every Olympic Winter Games, always featuring strongly in the overall medal tally.
The most succesful Swedish winter Olympian in terms of overall medals is cross-country skier Sixten Jernberg, who has nine medals to his name. In 1956 he won gold in the 50km, silver in the 15km and 30km mass start, and bronze in the 4x10km men's relay. In 1960 he went one further in the 30km mass start to take gold, and again won silver in the 15km. In 1964 he claimed gold in the 50km and the 4x10km relay and finished with bronze in the 15km.
Figure skater Gillis Grafstrom achieved a similar feat, winning medals at four consecutive Olympic Games by taking gold in the men's individual event in 1920 [when figure skating featured in the Antwerp Summer Games], 1924 and 1928, followed by silver in 1932. He is the only figure skater to have won four medals.
Sweden had its best ever Olympic Winter Games in 2006, claiming seven gold medals, two silver and five bronze medals in Turin. The men's ice hockey team claimed the gold, beating rivals Finland in the final, while the women's team picked up the silver. Bjorn Lind won two cross-country gold medals and alpine skier Anja Parson won gold in the women's slalom and bronze in the downhill and combined.
Although the Swedish team could not replicate their Turin performance, the team finished with five golds, two silver and four bronze medals in Vancouver in 2010. Cross-country skiing was again a source of success, with Marcus Hellner winning gold in the 30km skiathlon and 4x10km relay. Hellner's teammate in the relay Johan Olsson added two bronze medals, in the 50km classic and 30km skiathlon.
Title: Du Gamla, Du Fria [Thou Ancient, Thou Freeborn]
Creators: Words by Richard Dybeck, music based on folk tune. Arranged by Edvin Kallstenius.
Founding date: 1913
IOC recognition date: 1913
NOC president's name: Stefan Lindeberg
NOC general secretary’s name: Gunilla Lindberg
IOC member’s name: Gunilla Lindberg [entry in the IOC: 1996], Stefan Holm [entry in the IOC: 2013]
Participation in Olympic Games
Year of the first appearance: 1924Medals per sport
Number of appearances: 22 [Sochi included]
Medals per year
-: Medals for the Figure Skating and Ice Hockey events at the 1908 and 1920 Olympic Summer Games have been included in the tables