Linn Sömskar

Linn Sömskar
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Sömskar in 2018
Country  Sweden
Born (1989-06-03) 3 June 1989 (age 31)
Umeå, Sweden
Ski club IFK Umeå
Medal record
Cross-country skiing
Swedish National Cross County Skiing Championships
Gold medal – first place 2018 Relay
Gold medal – first place 2019 Relay
Roller skiing
Roller Skiing World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Madona 200 metres
Gold medal – first place 2019 Madona 15 km
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Madona 10 km
Updated on 11:05, 14 April 2021 (UTC).

Linn Sömskar (born 3 June 1989[1]) is a Swedish cross-country skiier and roller skiier. She won multiple medals at the 2019 Roller Skiing World Cup. In cross-country skiing, she has won multiple Scandinavian Cup medals, and was part of the team that won the relay event at the 2018 and 2019 Swedish Championships.

Personal life

Skier in white kit with blue sunglasses with a stone building in the background.
Sömskar in 2012

Sömskar is from Umeå, Sweden. She went to school in Lycksele. Her parents Stina Karlsson and Ingmar Sömskar are former skiiers.[2]


Sömskar trains at IFK Umeå sports club.[3] In 2009, Sömskar was selected for the FIS Junior Cross-Country Skiing World Championships in France. Both of her parents had previously competed at the event in 1980.[2] She came third in the 2012–13 FIS Cross-Country World Cup team sprint event in Liberec, Czech Republic, alongside Magdalena Pajala.[4]

In 2015, Sömskar won a prologue race in Bruksvallarna, Sweden.[5] She competed in the 2015–16 FIS Cross-Country World Cup 15km event in Davos, Switzerland, as a late replacement for Maria Rydqvist.[6] She came third in the 2015–16 Scandinavian Cup sprint race in Östersund, Sweden.[a][8] At the 2016–17 Scandinavian Cup, Sömskar came third in the 5 km[9] and 10km pursuit races in Madona, Latvia.[10] Sömskar, Jonna Sundling and Elina Rönnlund [de; sv] won the relay event at the Swedish Championships in 2018 and 2019.[11]

In 2018, Sömskar won both events at the Roller Skiing World Cup event in Torsby, Sweden.[12] In 2019, she won multiple Roller Skiing World Cup medals.[13] She won the 1,500 metres sprint event at the opening World Cup event in Beijing.[14] She came third in the Dresden team sprint event alongside Evelina Settlin [de; fr],[3] which was her second career World Cup podium.[15] At the Roller Skiing World Cup event in Madona, Latvia, she won the 200 metres sprint,[16] and 15km mass start events,[17] and came third in the 10km event.[13][18] At the 2019–20 Scandinavian Cup, Sömskar came third in the 20 km cross-country race in Vuokatti, Finland,[19] second in the 10 km race in Vuokatti,[20] and third in the 20 km race in Nes, Norway.[21] She came second overall in the Scandinavian Cup overall standings.[22]

In 2020, Sömskar was not selected in the Swedish cross-country team for the 2020–21 season.[15][23] She then changed discipline to long distance cross-country skiing, representing Team Nordic Athlete.[3][15] Her first long distance event was in 2021 in La Diagonela [de; fr], Switzerland. She had to abandon the race after suffering from blisters on her hands.[24] At the 2021 Swedish Championships, Sömskar and Rebecca Öhrn [de] came seventh in the team sprint event.[25]