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
Podia at championships
|1954||3 ||European Championship Allround||Davos||SUI|
|1955||1 ||World Championship Allround||Moscow||URS|
|1 ||European Championship Allround||Falun||SWE|
|1956||2 ||Olympic Winter Games 5000 meters||Cortina d'Ampezzo||ITA|
|1 ||Olympic Winter Games 10,000 meters||Cortina d'Ampezzo||ITA|
|3 ||European Championship Allround||Helsinki||FIN|
|500m||0:44.0||Feb 28, 1955||Tønsberg||NOR|
|1000m||1:31.0||Jan 20, 1958||Östersund||SWE|
|1500m||2:11.0||Jan 30, 1956||Misurina||ITA|
|3000m||4:45.3||Mar 6, 1956||Kvarnsveden||SWE|
|5000m||7:56.7||Jan 29, 1956||Misurina||ITA|
|10,000m||16:35.9||Jan 31, 1956||Misurina||ITA|