Jonas Nilsson

Jonas Lars Nilsson ( born March 7, 1963 in Hedemora ) is a former Swedish alpine skier. He was in the second half of the 1980s, one of Sweden's best slalom skier, world champion in 1985 and won two World Cup races.


Jonas Nilsson 1981 European Junior Champion in slalom. He won his first points in the World Cup on December 2, 1983, sixth in the slalom in Kranjska Gora. After two more top-10 results, he reached the fourth place in the slalom at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. On a medal he missed only five hundredths of a second. The first podium in the World Cup reached Nilsson in the season 1984/1985 with two second places in the slalom in Sestriere and La Mongie and a third place in Kranjska Gora, which he for the first time among the top ten came in the slalom World Cup and there also the next five years remained. In 1985 he was also the first time Swedish Champion in slalom. He could repeat in 1989 and 1990, he was Swedish Champion in Giant Slalom this success. The greatest success of his career celebrated the 21 -year-old in the World Cup 1985 in Bormio. Nilsson hit on the Pista Stelvio the Saisondominator Marc Girardelli, who won seven of the ten world cup slalom races this winter and was after the first run in the lead, with the fastest time in the second round by six hundredths of a second and became world champion in slalom.

On 16 December 1985 Jonas Nilsson was also in the World Cup for the first time on the top step of the podium when he won the slalom, the 3- Tre race in Madonna di Campiglio. With further three podium finishes, he finished fifth in the slalom World Cup in the 1985/1986 season. In the next few years he was able to regularly finished in the top ten and also achieve some more podiums. In the 1988/1989 season he reached two podiums again in fifth place in the slalom World Cup, while his second World Cup victory in the slalom in Kranjska Gora, as well as a third place in Geilo, he was sixth in the slalom rating in the winter of 1989 /1990. After Nilsson drove only rarely in the top ten and fell in the slalom World Cup significantly. From 1987 he also scored few points in the World Cup giant slalom, never came in this discipline but approached his slalom results.

Without result Jonas Nilsson remained at the 1987 World Championships in Crans -Montana. In slalom, the defending champion was eliminated in the second round and in the giant slalom, he failed already in race one. At the World Championships in 1989 in Vail / Beaver Creek Nilsson posted the fastest time in the second slalom leg but had in the first round in fifth as 1.5 seconds behind, so despite the best time no rank improvement was possible. In the giant slalom, he was 17 and in combination with 23, but he had achieved in the combined slalom the second- best time in the combination of departure but only ranks 32nd in the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary in 1988 reached the Swede finished sixth in the slalom and rank 21 in the giant slalom. At the 1991 World Championships in Saalbach -Hinterglemm Nilsson finished 18th in the giant slalom, as it turned out in the slalom after ranking fourth in the first run in the second round. In his last major event, the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, he reached the eighth place in the slalom - eleven months after he had gone for the last time in the World Cup in the top ten. After the 1991/1992 season Jonas Nilsson finished his career.


Olympic Winter Games

  • Sarajevo 1984: fourth slalom
  • Calgary 1988: 6 Slalom, Giant Slalom 21
  • Albertville 1992: 8 Slalom

World Championships

  • Bormio 1985: 1 Slalom
  • Vail / Beaver Creek 1989: 5 Slalom, Giant Slalom 17, 23 combination
  • Saalbach -Hinterglemm 1991: 18 Giant Slalom

World Cup

  • 5th place in the World Cup slalom in the seasons 1985/1986 and 1988/1989
  • 14 podiums in slalom, 2 of Wins:

Other successes

  • Triple Swedish Champion ( 1985 and 1989 Slalom, Giant Slalom 1990)
  • European Junior Champion in slalom in 1981