Photo courtesy Sveriges Centralförening för Idrottens Främjande Archive
Svea received a formal education but was clearly far more interested in carving out eight's on the ice then adding them up in her arithmetic class. She started skating as a youngster at the Stockholms Allmänna Skridskoklubb, sharing the ice with great champions like Ulrich Salchow and Bror Meyer. She entered her first competition at the age of twelve, placing third in her class in a club event. Two years later, she made her debut in the senior women's class, placing second. In the years that followed, Svea would win the Swedish women's title four times and finish second once in pairs with partner Harald Rooth. Each time she claimed her country's women's crown, the runner-up was her friend and training mate Magda (Mauroy) Julin.
Svea Norén and Harald Rooth
Magda (Mauroy) Julin and Svea Norén. Photo courtesy Swedish Olympic Committee.
Though named to the 1924 Swedish Winter Olympic team, Svea did not ultimately compete in Chamonix and this marked the end of her competitive career. A history of the Stockholms Allmänna Skridskoklubb published the year prior to those Games noted, "Svea Norén is perhaps the most talented of all our skating ladies. Unfortunately, she is equipped with a rather weak health, which makes her vulnerable to physical stress, and she also has difficulty in gaining control of her nerves at competitions... Her obligatory figures are first-rate, clean, well-drawn and executed in an elegant style... Had Svea Norén always performed her [figures] equally well in competitions, as during the training, she would certainly have been able to add another number of victories to the already won successes."
Five years after her retirement from skating, Svea married Per Oskar Källström. The following year, she gave birth to her only child, a son named Åke. She lived out the rest of her life quietly on an island in the inner Stockholm archipelago called Lidingö. Decades after her death on May 9, 1985 at the age of eighty-nine, a figure skating club in Huddinge was named 'Svea' in her honour.
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