Swedish figure skater who won three Olympic gold medals in the 1920s, at the 1920 Antwerp, 1924 Chamonix, and 1928 St. Moritz games.
He won his first Olympic gold medal at the 1920 event at Antwerp despite breaking a skate during the competition.
He has a street named after him in Potsdam, Germany, where he died of blood poisoning at the age of 44.
He was married to Cecilie Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
He is a member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame along with Japanese-American skater Kristi Yamaguchi.