Viking Palm

Viking Palm ( born October 23, 1923 in Östra Broby, Skane, † 15 January 2009) was a Swedish wrestler.


Viking Palm grew up in Sweden in Broby. At age 17, he began to struggle and started for " Ostra " Broby. Later he joined the club Brottning (BK) Eslöv. Viking was a late starter because it took until his 25th birthday until he had grown into the Swedish top class. In 1949 he became Swedish champion in freestyle wrestling, the style he preferred the first time. In the same year he was included in the Swedish national team wrestler. The coach Robert Oksa and Rudolf Svedberg then led him relatively quickly in the world's elite. At the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952 he hit the entire world elite gathered in the light heavyweight and became Olympic champion. Like a red thread through the career Palms the difficulties he had with Turkish wrestlers. Adil Candemir, Yasar Dogu, Adil Atan and Ismet Atli defeated him at major international championships that time. Only in 1952 he won against Adil Atan.

Viking Palm was a fireman, looked after his time as an active wrestler but as a coach and was, among other things working in New Zealand and Iran.

International success

(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, European Championship EM =, F = Freestyle, GR = Greek and Roman. Styles, Hs = light heavyweight, S = Heavy weight, then up and over 87 kg body weight)

Main countries fighting

Swedish Championships

Viking Palm was ten times Swedish champion in the light heavyweight division, nine times in free style and once in the Graeco-Roman. Style.