Mackan

Marcus Hellner

Olympic champion and Swedish sporting hero!

Marcus Hellner skis at night with a light pole, captured in slow speed and post processed to create a large wave of blue light behind him.
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Hi, my name is Marcus Hellner. My discipline is cross-country skiing. My friends call me Mackan. I was born on 25 November 1985 in Lerdala, Sweden. My special talent is sprint. My philosophy of life is go for it. My favourite food is Italian. My favourite music is Neil Young.

Bio

Marcus Hellner was born to ski. However, growing up in Lerdala, a small village in the south of Sweden, didn’t give him many opportunities to pursue his dream. So, when he was 16, he packed up his things and headed over 800 miles north to Gällivare where he joined a skiing high school in an attempt to go pro. Focusing on cross-country skiing, Hellner progressed quickly. Within two years he was already competing and, at age 21, he was asked to join the Swedish national A-Team.

It was in 2007 that Marcus first caught the podium bug; he pulled out all the stops and took the bronze medal in the 4x10 km relay at the Sapporo World Championships. From there his thirst for victory skyrocketed. In 2010, he hit the jackpot when he seized not just one but two gold medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver; one for the 30 km pursuit and another as a member of the Swedish 4x10 km relay team. 2011 continued in a similar fashion when he walked away from the FIS World Championships in Oslo with a silver in the relay and a gold in the Men’s Sprint; ahead of legendary skier Petter Northug. In 2013, more success followed as Marcus took silver medals in both the Men's Team Sprint and 4x10km events at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

2014 was another glorious year for Marcus Hellner: at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, he started by taking silver in the men's skiathlon, before winning gold again in the men's relay 4x10 km!

Pretty impressive stuff for a man who prides himself on just being “a simple guy with his feet on the ground”; but Marcus enjoys a challenge and wholeheartedly believes that, if you want something, you’ve just got to go for it!

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 3rd Place: FIS Cross-Country World Cup – Distance

      Canmore, Canada

  2. 2015
    1. 3rd Place: FIS Cross Country Skiing World Cup - 15 km Free

      Östersund, Sweden

  3. 2014
    1. 1st Place: Winter Olympics - Men’s Relay 4x10 km

      With 2nd Place in Skiathlon 15km Classic & 15km Free

      Sochi, Russia

  4. 2013
    1. 2nd Place: FIS Nordic World Ski Champ. - Men's Team Sprint

      Val di Fiemme, Italy

  5. 2011
    1. Swedish Pursuit Champion

    2. FIS Nordic World Ski Sprint Champion

  6. 2010
    1. 1st Place: Winter Olympics - 30km Pursuit

      Vancouver, Canada

    2. 1st Place: Winter Olympics - 4 x 10km Relay

      Vancouver, Canada