Born: February 9, 1943 - Göteborg (SWE)
Jonny Nilsson, from Bofors, made his international debut at 19 years old
in 1962. In the World Championships in Moscow he placed 2nd behind
compatriot Ivar Nilsson on 5000 m, and he won 10000 m in 16.29,4 - 15
seconds ahead of Ivar Nilsson. But he had started the championships
skating 47,7 on 500 m, giving him a 45th place, so he was no better than
10th in the overall combination.
The following year he had
improved, and he became World Champion when he very surprisingly beat
the Norwegian favorites in Karuizawa, after setting a new World Record
on 5000 m, 10000 m and the overall combination.
In 1964 he was
one the favorites for the Olympic Games in Innsbruck. He only placed 6th
on 5000 m, when the Norwegians dominated the podium, but he got his
revenge on 10000 m, when he was Olympic champion, 16 seconds ahead of
Fred Anton Maier. But the ice preparations made the ice conditions
worse, which didn't allow Maier and Knut Johannessen to compete under
the same conditions.
In 1965 he was once again fighting for the
World title, but now the competition was too strong, and even with a
5000 m World Record and a 10000 m victory he was placed outside of the
podium. The 1966 European Championships earned him his last distance
victory, making it a total of 8 distance victories in international
tournaments. In 1968 he was not in shape to compete for Olympic medals.
He placed 6th on 10000 m beaten by two of his teammates - Olympic
champion Johnny Höglin and bronze medallist Örjan Sandler. After this
season he quit speed skating, at the age of 25.
His 10000 m World
Record race in Karuizawa 1963 was very impressive. He lowered the World
Record by 13 seconds, even if it was snowing heavily during the race.
His overall combination World Record in the same event was an
improvement by more than 2 point, making the total improvement of the
record since the start of the season more than 6 points.
He was 4
times Swedish champion (1964-1967), received the Oscar Mathisen Award
1962 and stayed on the top of the Adelskalender from 24 February 1963
until 19 January 1964, for a total of 329 days.
Bjarte Hetland, December 1, 2013
Podia at championships
|1963||1 ||World Championship Allround||Karuizawa||JPN|
|1964||1 ||Olympic Winter Games 10,000 meters||Innsbruck||AUT|
|1966||3 ||World Championship Allround||Göteborg||SWE|
|1||5000 meters||7:34.3||Feb 23, 1963||Karuizawa||JPN|
|2||10,000 meters||15:33.0||Feb 24, 1963||Karuizawa||JPN|
|3||Big combination||178.447||Feb 23/24, 1963||Karuizawa||JPN|
|4||3000 meters||4:27.6||Mar 23, 1963||Tolga||NOR|
|5||5000 meters||7:33.2||Feb 13, 1965||Oslo||NOR|
|500m||0:42.2||Feb 3, 1966||Davos||SUI|
|1000m||1:33.1||Jan 19, 1969||Göteborg||SWE|
|1500m||2:08.2||Feb 2, 1966||Davos||SUI|
|3000m||4:27.6||Mar 23, 1963||Tolga||NOR|
|5000m||7:32.9||Feb 15, 1968||Grenoble||FRA|
|10,000m||15:33.0||Feb 24, 1963||Karuizawa||JPN|