The four-time Olympic medalist (one gold, three bronze) enters his third Winter Games in Sochi after one of his best performances at the 2013 World Championships, where he won three medals. At the event, his win in the 50km classical was considered the best performance of the entire competition. Olsson has a reputation for pushing the pace early in races and rising to the occasion at big events.
2013: World Championships – 1st (50km classical), 2nd (15km freestyle), 2nd (4x10km relay)
2012: World Cup Standings – 10th (distance)
2011: World Championships – 2nd (4x10km relay)
2010: Olympics – gold (4x10km relay), bronze (50km classical, pursuit)
2006: Olympics – bronze (4x10km relay)
Things to know:
1. Olsson is married to Anna Olsson, a former Swedish cross-country skier who won gold in the team spring at the 2006 Olympics.
2. Along with his wife, Olsson runs a business called Annajohan, which offers lectures and coaching on “how to reach success and how to tackle adversity.”
3. He lives from Vasteraas, an industrial city in central Sweden that is also one of the oldest cities in Northern Europe. The area has been populated since the Nordic Viking Age, before 1000 AD.