Charlotte KALLA

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Mountain sport - Skiing, Gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games

SwedishBorn Charlotte KALLA

Swedish retired cross-country skier

Born on July 22, 1987 in Tärendö , Sweden (36 years)

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Marina Charlotte Kalla (born 22 July 1987 in Tärendö) is a Swedish retired cross-country skier. A four-time Olympian, Kalla won three golds and nine medals overall at the Olympics between 2004 and 2022. She holds the joint record as Sweden's most decorated Olympic competitor and is the all-time leader among Swedish female athletes. She is also a 13-time medalist at the World Championships, including a gold medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 10 km freestyle event in Falun. This made Kalla the first Swedish female cross-country skier to win individual golds in both the Olympics and World Championships. In 2008, Kalla won the Jerring Award.
She retired from competitive skiing after the Swedish Championships in March 2022.

...   Marina Charlotte Kalla (born 22 July 1987 in Tärendö) is a Swedish retired cross-country skier. A four-time Olympian, Kalla won three golds and nine medals overall at the Olympics between 2004 and 2022. She holds the joint record as Sweden's most decorated Olympic competitor and is the all-time leader among Swedish female athletes. She is also a 13-time medalist at the World Championships, including a gold medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 10 km freestyle event in Falun. This made Kalla the first Swedish female cross-country skier to win individual golds in both the Olympics and World Championships. In 2008, Kalla won the Jerring Award.
She retired from competitive skiing after the Swedish Championships in March 2022.


Winter Olympics


2010 Winter Olympics
Kalla won the gold medal in the women's 10 km individual for Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with a time of 24:58.4. She also won a silver in the team sprint event with Anna Haag at those same games.


2014 Winter Olympics
Kalla won a silver medal in the skiathlon event on 8 February in Sochi, and another silver in the classical race on 13 February. In the 4 × 5 km women's relay race, held on 15 February, she ran in the final leg and started third with a 25.7 sec lag behind the first place and a 19.9 lag behind the second place, but totally reduced the gap, and overtook her competitors in the final straight, giving Sweden the gold medal.


2018 Winter Olympics
Kalla took the first gold medal awarded at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang when she won the skiathlon, breaking away from the leading group on the last lap of the course to take victory with a lead of 7.8 seconds over second-placed Marit Bjørgen. Her win made her the first Swedish woman to win three Winter Olympic golds, and tied her with canoer Agneta Andersson as the female Swede with most Olympic gold medals overall. It was also Kalla's sixth Olympic medal, equalling Anja Pärson's record for the most Winter Olympic medals among Swedish women. She then went on to win silver in the 10 km freestyle individual start, the 4 × 5 km relay (together with Anna Haag, Ebba Andersson and Stina Nilsson) and the team sprint (with Stina Nilsson).


2022 Winter Olympics
Kalla competed in three events at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, her fourth appearance at the Games. Her highest placing was in the 15-km skiathlon, where she finished 19th as the defending champion. Kalla announced her retirement from international competition later that winter.


Other competitions
On 6 January 2008, Kalla won the second edition of Tour de Ski in her debut in the event.
On 17–18 April 2015, Kalla participated and placed second in Keb Classic, a ski mountaineering event in Kebnekaise, Sweden, with Emelie Forsberg and Josefina Wikberg.


Personal life
Kalla was born in Tärendö in Norrbotten, Sweden. She is the eldest of three daughters.
In 2023, Kalla competed on the Swedish reality TV series Let's Dance, pairing with professional dancer Tobias Karlsson. Kalla became pregnant before the competition started, becoming the first dancer to participate while pregnant.
Kalla is of Tornedalian Finnish descent.
She published a book in 2023: "Skam den som ger sig" ("shame on the one who gives up"), in Swedish only, in which she summarises her sports career and describes her view.


Cross-country skiing results
All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).


Olympic Games
9 medals – (3 gold, 6 silver)


World Championships
13 medals – (3 gold, 6 silver, 4 bronze)


World Cup


Season standings


Individual podiums
12 victories – (7 WC, 5 SWC)
59 podiums – (35 WC, 24 SWC)


Team podiums
3 victories – (2 RL, 1 TS)
15 podiums – (14 RL, 1 TS)


References


External links
Media related to Charlotte Kalla at Wikimedia Commons

Charlotte Kalla at the International Ski and Snowboard Federation
Charlotte Kalla at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
17 March 2005 Charlotte Kalla interview at SVT's open archive (in Swedish)



Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

 

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