Jonna Sundling is a Swedish cross-country skier, born December 28, 1994 in Umeå, sprint specialist. During the 2021 Worlds in Oberstdorf, she won the gold medal in the sprint.
Licensed at Piteå Elit, she took part in her first races organized by the FIS in 2010.
In 2012, at the Youth Olympic Games, she won the silver medal in the sprint. At the World Junior Championships, she won a silver medal in the relay. The following year, she won gold in the same event.
At the 2014 World Juniors, in addition to a new relay title, she won gold in the sprint1.
She made her World Cup debut in February 2015 in Östersund. A month later, she is already seventh in Lahti’s free sprint. In 2016, she became Swedish champion in the free sprint, then world champion under 23 in this discipline. At the end of the year, she reached her first elite final in the Davos free sprint, finishing fourth.
In March 2018, she secured her first podium in a World Cup mini-tour stage in Falun, finishing second behind Hanna Falk.
In November 2018, she won a free sprint, the first race of the Nordic Opening held in Lillehammer ahead of her compatriot Stina Nilsson2. His first podium in a fully-fledged World Cup sprint takes place in January 2019 in Dresden.
In the 2019 World Championships final in Seefeld, she fell with her compatriot Maja Dahlqvist as they contested for second place on the last climb and finally finished fourth, with Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla winning the title ahead of Stina Nilsson3.
At the end of 2019, she won her first World Cup round in the Planica free sprint.
In the 2020-2021 season, she obtained two podiums in sprints, in a classic sprint in the opening race of the Ruka triple, behind her compatriots Linn Svahn and Maja Dahlqvist4, then in Falun, still in a classic sprint, again won by Svahn, ahead of Slovenian Anamarija Lampič5. At the Oberstdorf Worlds, she won in the final ahead of the Norwegian Maiken Caspersen Falla and Anamarija Lampič.
Gold medal for Jonna Sundling at the Nordic Ski Worlds
Sweden’s Jonna Sundling won the women’s cross-country ski sprint world cup final. She is therefore ahead of the reigning gold medalists Maiken Caspersen Falla and Anamarija Lampic. The second Swedish in the final, Johanna Hagström, finished in fourth place.
Swedish favorites Linn Svahn and Maja Dahlqvist failed to climb to the top of the podium. Linn Svahn was by far the best sprinter in the world this season and won four straight races before she fell at Ulricehamn where she injured her shoulder. In the same semi-final, the second biggest Swedish favorite, Maja Dahlqvist, was eliminated.
Jonna Sundling of IFK Umeå stood out in top style today to win the gold medal.
“I’m so happy to be here today, it’s absolutely amazing! My last competition was tough (Seefeld 2019) and doing here today is absolutely fantastic. I learned that you just have to look ahead, so there I was right in the moment and went on and hoped for the best, she said in an interview on SVT Sport.
Jonna Sundling: “I’m so happy”
Seven years after winning the junior and U23 titles, Swedish cross-country skier Jonna Sundling has now become the world sprint champion …
A smile that says it all
Jonna Sundling was one of the outsiders in this world sprint and in the end it worked well for her. She was able to prepare without pressure, in the shadow of her teammates Linn Svahn and Maja Dahlqvist, regularly questioned by the media.
Today, on a demanding track, Sundling was untouchable and undoubtedly in the shape of his life to win this gold medal without question.
A title that it will undoubtedly take a little time to digest.
“I’ve dreamed about it for a long time and reaching the top today and winning this victory is just incredible,” she admits to SVT.
I am so happy but also completely emptied after this day. The last time I came to Oberstdorf it didn’t go well and today everything worked, it’s fantastic.
My experience has taught me to focus only on the present moment. I knew how to do it in this sprint, throughout the series, hoping each time for the best ….
Note that Jonna Sundling won the world junior sprint title in 2014 ahead of L-U Weng and Stupak, then the U23 title in 2016 ahead of Faehndrich and Dahlqvist.
By winning the gold medal this afternoon among the greats, she achieved a grand slam rarely achieved in the past. Free!