Speed Skating Hall of Fame

Sigvard Ericsson

Born: July 17, 1930 - Alanäset (SWE)

Sigvard "Sigge" Ericsson was born in Alanäset, and he represented Castor from Östersund all his speed skating career. After the Soviet Union team entered the stage in 1953, he was the first to beat them in an international tournament. After his first appearance on the podium, bronze in the European Championships 1954, he won both the European and the World Championships in 1955.

In the 1956 Olympic Games Sigge was 8 seconds behind Boris Shilkov on 5000 meters, which earned him the silver medal. On the longest ditance, Knut Johannesen did a great race, and took the lead with 16.36,9, only 4 seconds behind the current World Record. But Sigge managed to beat him with just 1 second, to win the Olympic 10,000 meters title.

In 1957 he dropped the European Championships, to concentrate on the World Championships in his hometown, Östersund. He failed completely and finished 9th. This would be his last international appearance.

Highest rank on the Adelskalender: 5 (1956-1958).

Bjarte Hetland, December 22, 2013


Career summary


Podia at championships

yearpositionchampionshipplace
19543 European Championship AllroundDavosSUI
19551 World Championship AllroundMoscowURS
1 European Championship AllroundFalunSWE
19562 Olympic Winter Games 5000 metersCortina d'AmpezzoITA
1 Olympic Winter Games 10,000 metersCortina d'AmpezzoITA
3 European Championship AllroundHelsinkiFIN

Personal Bests

distancetimedateplace
500m0:44.0Feb 28, 1955TønsbergNOR
1000m1:31.0Jan 20, 1958ÖstersundSWE
1500m2:11.0Jan 30, 1956MisurinaITA
3000m4:45.3Mar 6, 1956KvarnsvedenSWE
5000m7:56.7Jan 29, 1956MisurinaITA
10,000m16:35.9Jan 31, 1956MisurinaITA