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eMedals-A Swedish Award Grouping to Skier, Officer and Sportswriter Sigfrid (Sigge) Bergman

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A Swedish Award Grouping to Skier, Officer and Sportswriter Sigfrid (Sigge) Bergman

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A Swedish Award Grouping to Skier, Officer and Sportswriter Sigfrid (Sigge) Bergman

Sweden: His Majesty The King's Medal, Carl Gustav XVI (silver, engraved "S. BERGMAN 1988" on the reverse, 31.2 mm x 43.7 mm); Sweden: Swedish Sports Confederation 50th Anniversary Medal 1903-1953 (silver gilt, engraver marked "G. I. CARELLI", engraved "S. BERGMAN" on the reverse, 33 mm x 49.5 mm); Sweden: For Sweden "För Sverige" Medal (silver, maker marked "S & CO" (Sporrong & Company), King hallmarked, date marked "X8" (1948), Tre Kronor hallmarked, marked "S" (silver) and engraved "SIGGE BERGMAN" on the reverse, 32.5 mm x 34.5 mm); Sweden: Swedish Ski Association Gold Medal (18K Gold, maker marked "S & CO" (Sporrong & Company), King hallmarked, date marked "X8" (1948), Tre Kronor hallmarked, marked "18K" (Gold) and engraved "SIGGE BERGMAN / 25.11.1949" on the reverse, 31 mm); Sweden: Ski Association for the Promotion of Sweden Medal (toned silver, 40 mm); Norway: Norwegian Sports Federation 100th Anniversary Medal 1861-1961 (silver gilt, marked "830S" (silver) and hallmarked on the reverse, 31.3 mm x 50.8 mm); Finland: Order of the Lion of Finland, Officer (silver gilt with red and white enamels, 41 mm, large rosette on the ribbon); Finland: Cross of Physical Education and Sports, Knight (silver gilt with light blue and white enamels, 41 mm x 61.7 mm inclusive of its rectangular suspension); and Italy (Republic): Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Officer (silver gilt with white, red and green enamels, 44.5 mm x 61 mm inclusive of its crown suspension, large rosette on the ribbon). Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, original ribbons, intact enamels, light contact, near extremely fine

 

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(Sigfrid (Sigge) Bergman, to the right, and his fellow journalist colleague Staffan Tjerneld celebrating the swimmer Sally Bauer, after she crossed the Sea of Åland in 1938.)

Footnote: Sigfrid "Sigge" Wilhelm Bergman was a Swedish skier, officer (Captain) and sportswriter. He was born 1905 in Lulea and graduated in 1928 with a Gymnastics Director degree at GCI (now GIH ) in Stockholm, later working as a freelance physiotherapist abroad, ski instructor for ski promotion (now Friluftsfrämjandet) and swimming instructor in Saltsjöbaden. Along with Olle Rimfors, he promoted downhill skiing in the country beginning in 1934. He spent two seasons in St. Anton Hannes Schneider's Ski School and became the first Swede to get an Austrian ski teacher, as the basis for the introduction of the slalom in Sweden. He became rector of the country's first desktop slalom school and was commissioned to write the first Swedish competition rules of the slalom. He became the country's first slalom star and was the winner of several competitions, including Sweden's first international slalom race in Storlien in 1935 and in the downhill race at Årebragden in 1935 and 1936, the turning professional in 1936. Bergman was President of the Swedish Ski Association from 1952 to 1961 and its Secretary during the periods 1939 to 1952 and 1961 to 1976. As the International Ski Federation (FIS) Secretary General from 1961 to 1979, he steered the international ski development, together with President Marc Hodler, and prior to that he was Chairman of the FIS cross-country committee from 1946 to 1961 and member of the Alpine Committee from 1939 to 1946. He was the leader in all Olympic Games from 1936 to 1994, with the exception of the Summer Olympics in 1984 and 1988, being the leader of many other international competitions. He was Acting Chief de Mission at two Olympics, Munich, West Germany in 1972 and Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1976. Between 1953 and 1976, he was a board member of the Swedish Olympic Committee, sitting on the Board of the Swedish Sports Confederation from 1956 to 1973 and on the Friluftsfrämjandets Board from 1942 to 1964. He was one of the people behind Sweden's comeback in the Olympics in Cortina, Italy in 1956, since the defeat in Oslo, Norway in 1952. He was Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the World Cup Skiing in Falun in 1954 and was Secretary General of the European Athletics Championships in Stockholm in 1958. He was a strong opponent of Olympic President Avery Brundage's amateur rules. Bergman later became a sportswriter and was handpicked in 1936 by the father of Swedish sports journalism, David Jonasson, writing for the Stockholm newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, and Sport Bladet. He was one of the first journalists who covered downhill skiing and also wrote about swimming, fencing and modern pentathlon. He founded the magazine Swedish Skiing and was its publisher from 1969 to 1994. He also authored several ski books. As a Captain in the Reserve for Life Grenadier Regiment I4, he trained Swedish soldiers in modern ski technology during the Second World War and also carried out secret surveillance mission on skis in the area around Narvik in April 1940, when the Germans occupied Norway. After sixty years of participating in sports competitions of all kinds, he named Gunder Hägg as Sweden's greatest athlete of all time, while Sixten Jernberg was his favourite among all skiers. Of the twenty-four Olympic Games he covered, Bergman considered the 1936 Winter Games Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and 1956 in Cortina, Italy as his warmest memories but felt that the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan were the best organized. His strongest memories were that of Ingemar Stenmark winning skiing double gold at Lake Placid, New York, USA in 1980 and Jesse Owens winning the 100-meter race in Berlin, Germany in 1936. Bergman spent his working years in Stockholm. In 1936, he married Karin Wallstedt, who was Overseas Manager at Swedish Radio, the couple later having four sons. Bergmandied in 2001 in Rättvik and is buried at the North Cemetery in Solna. His collections of sports-related books, letters, minutes, press clippings and awards is housed at Haus des Skisportes in Oberhofen, Switzerland, and the New Sports Museum in Falun.

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