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Ida Nilsson Wikipedia
Ida Nilsson (born February 8, 1981) is a Swedish long-distance runner who also competes in ski mountaineering. In 2003 - 2006 she won a total of ten gold medals in Swedish championships in track & field and cross country running, plus two NCAA gold medals. After many years away from training Nilsson won the Swedish championship in ski mountaineering in 2016 and a couple of months later won the prestigious Transvulcania ultramarathon.
Nilsson hails from Kalmar in the flat southern Sweden. She grew up in a sports family where both her father Carl-Gustaf ”Calle” and mother Katarina competed at an elite level. Two brothers, Marcus and David, and a sister, Johanna, have belonged to the Swedish national team in athletics. At the 2002 Swedish cross country championships the family walked home with four gold medals, one silver and one bronze.
In 2001 - 2005 Nilsson studied at the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, USA. She and her sister, Johanna Nilsson, ran for the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks collegiate team and had much success. Nilsson won the 2004 NCAA collegiate outdoor championships in 3000 m steeplechase and 2005 indoor championships in 5000 m. The two sisters were both ranked in the top three of a 2014 poll of greatest women's athletes in the Big Sky Conference. Nilsson won four cross country titles in that regional conference. Both were inducted into the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks hall of fame.
During the first years of the 21st century Nilsson was the Swedish dominant in 5000 metres and 3000 m steeplechase, then a relatively new sport for women. In 2003, she was awarded the prestigious Stora grabbars och tjejers märke for her sports achievements. She finished seventh in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, where she set the Swedish national record at 9:39.24, a personal best. She also participated in the 2005 World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki. In the summer of 2006 Nilsson ran 3000 m in 9:01.01, the fastest time by a Swedish athlete in more than 10 years. Nilsson's personal best for 5000 m is 15:33.18.
After leaving college in Arizona Nilsson had a series of injuries, including a stress fracture in her hip joint in 2009. The injury didn’t fully heal until the summer of 2013, and Nilsson gave up her track & field career. After this she basically didn't run at all for five years.
The following list is based on information from Nilsson's club Högby IF.
Nilsson has never run an official 10 000 m on a track; her best similar performance is 35:03 in a 2016 road race.
After many years of serious injuries Nilsson was finally able to run again in 2013. Nilsson: "Now even my body feels better than 10-15 years ago. Now I feel like young again." In 2015 Nilsson won the Swedish mountain marathon Fjällmaraton. Later the same year, in her ultramarathon debut, she placed second in the 90 kilometer Ultravasan in Sweden. In early 2016 she became ski mountaineering Swedish champion at Keb Classic (with Jenny Råghall) and won the Transvulcania mountain ultramarathon in the Canary Islands.
Nilsson, who during her track & field career seldom ran as far as 10 km (6.2 mi), now competed in a number of longer races. In 2016 and again in 2017 she became Swedish road running champion in the masters athletics class for women 35 years. In the summer of 2016 Nilsson won the Marathon du Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France, proving that the unexpected Transvulcania win was not a fluke and planting Nilsson firmly in the world elite.
During the winter 2015 - 2016 Nilsson lived in Chamonix, France, and trained ski mountaineering with Emelie Forsberg. According to Nilsson it was Forsberg who inspired her to test more ultratrail. In running events Nilsson competes for Högby IF in Sweden, Måndalen IL in Norway and Salomon Running internationally. In ski mountaineering her club affiliation is Fjällframfart in Swedish events.
Nilsson has trained as a cook, a wilderness and adventure guide and as masseur. For a living she runs a small company registered in 2015 as a sole proprietorship called Running soul - Ida Nilsson, that according to the Facebook site with the same name offers "massage, sports massage, yoga classes, workshops and trainingcamps for runners".
The following list includes only results after Nilsson's comeback after her five year injury period. It should be noted that a fair number of the races, in particular in her native country Sweden, are asphalt races or otherwise not strictly cross country or mountain running.
20141st, Spring en mil vinn en bil 10 km (6.2 mi), Sweden
20152nd, Kungsholmen Runt 10 km (6.2 mi), Sweden
2nd, Spring en mil vinn en bil 10 km (6.2 mi), Sweden
1st, Böda Beach run 10 km (6.2 mi), Sweden
2nd, Malkars halvmara 21 km (13 mi), Sweden
1st, Hornindal runt 38 km (24 mi), Norway
3rd, Vetenløpet VK, Norway
1st, Victorialoppet 9 km (5.6 mi), Sweden
1st, Hornsjön Runt 11 km (6.8 mi), Sweden
6th, Peak Performance Vertical K, Sweden
1st, Fjällmaraton 44 km (27 mi), Sweden
1st, Salomon Trail Tour Järvsö 21 km (13 mi), Sweden
2nd, Ultravasan 90 km (56 mi), Sweden
2nd, Lidingöloppet 30 km (19 mi), Sweden
1st, Salomon Trail Tour Sälen, Sweden 21 km (13 mi), Sweden
20161st, Nordic Classic Running 21 km (13 mi), Sweden
1st, Salomon City Trail 14 km (8.7 mi), Sweden
1st, Transvulcania 73 km (45 mi), Spain
15th, Göteborgsvarvet 21 km (13 mi), Sweden (personal best for the half marathon distance)
1st, Mönsterås Stadslopp 10 km (6.2 mi), Sweden
3rd, Sthlm 10 10 km (6.2 mi), Sweden (also Swedish championship in road running, won the masters athletics class for women 35 years, personal best for the 10 km road running distance)
1st, Öland Ultra 51 km (32 mi), Sweden
6th, Marathon du Mont Blanc Vertical km, France
1st, Marathon du Mont Blanc 42 km (26 mi), France
1st, Böda Beach run 10 km (6.2 mi), Sweden (2nd straight victory)
10th, Dolomites Sky Race, 22 km.Italy
4th, Buff Epic Trail 42 km (26 mi), Spain (also World Championship in the Sky discipline)
1st, Salomon 27K 27 km (17 mi), Sweden (course record)
3rd, Peak Performance Vertical K, Sweden
1st, Fjällmaraton 44 km (27 mi), Sweden (2nd straight victory, course record)
1st, The Rut 50K, 50 km (31 mi), Montana, USA
1st, Nordic Extreme running, 12 km (7.5 mi), Sweden
2nd, Trail de l'Arclusaz 26.7 km (16.6 mi), France
1st, The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mi (80 km), San Francisco, USA
1st, Sylvesterloppet, 10 km (6.2 mi), Sweden (new course record)
20171st, Ultimate Tsaigu Trail 50 km (31 mi), China
1st, Yading VK, China
1st, Yading Kora Ultra 46 km (29 mi), China
1st, Transvulcania 73 km (45 mi), Spain (2nd straight victory, new course record)
1st, Åndalsnesløpet 5 km (3.1 mi), Norway
3rd, Sthlm 10 10 km (6.2 mi), Sweden (also Swedish championship in road running, won the masters athletics class for women 35 years for a 2nd straight victory)
1st, Öland Ultra 51 km (32 mi), Sweden (2nd straight victory, course record)
2nd Marathon du Mont Blanc 42 km (26 mi), Italy
1st, Böda Beach run 10 km (6.2 mi), Sweden (3rd straight victory)
3rd, Malkars halvmara 21 km (13 mi), Sweden
2nd, Mefjellet Opp, Vertical km, Norway
1st, Swiss Alpine Marathon 78 km (48 mi), Switzerland
1st, Fjällmaraton 44 km (27 mi), Sweden (3rd straight victory)
1st, Ultravasan 90 km (56 mi), Sweden (new course record)