Sven Johanson (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1975
Born: Nov. 25, 1924 Neder-Kalix, SWE
Died: Sept. 1976 Eagle River, AK
The years of 1954 through 1960 marked Johanson’s high point in United States’ skiing. In 1955, he won the North American Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1956, he won a spot on the U.S. Olympic Cross-Country Team, but was not allowed to participate because of an administrative error in obtaining his citizenship papers. In 1957, he won the National Championship in Lyndonville, Vermont. In 1958, he won a spot on the United States FIS Team, and in 1960, was a member of the U.S. Olympic Cross-Country Team.
In 1961, the United States Army established the U.S. Modern Winter Biathlon Training Center at Fort Richardson, Alaska. Johanson was hired as coach for the center and remained in that position until 1973 when the program was disbanded. He served as coach for several U.S. World Biathlon Championships and U.S. Military ski teams.