Tomas GUSTAFSON

Sweden SWE

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Lake Placid 1980
  • Year of Birth
    1959
Olympic Results

Biography

Tomas GUSTAFSON

At the 1984 Sarajevo Games, speed skater Tomas Gustafson won a gold medal in the 5,000m and silver in the 10,000m. In the first race, he beat Igor Malkov by only one-fiftieth of a second. In the second race he lost to Malkov by one-twentieth of a second.

Physical and personal setbacks bring him to gold

Between Games, Gustafson struggled through knee surgery, meningitis and the death of his father. During 5,000m race at the Olympic Games in Calgary in 1988, Gustafson trailed Leo Visser's pace by eight hundredths of a second with only 400m to go. However he skated an exceptional final lap to win by a third of a second. In the 10,000m, Gustafson finally gained an easy victory, setting a world record and winning by almost eight seconds.

An Olympic couple

In 1998, Gustafson's wife, Elisabet, won a bronze medal in curling.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Albertville 1992

#13
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Calgary 1988

G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
G
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sarajevo 1984

#36
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating
G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
S
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lake Placid 1980

#7
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
#12
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
#12
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating