Sarah Sjöström, Lars Frolander will compete in Sweden’s “Superstars” competition
Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Sarah Sjostrom and six-time Olympic swimmer Lars Frolander will appear in season 7 of the Swedish TV series Superstars.
The show features eight of the country’s top athletes who will meet in Cyprus for a series of physical challenges to decide who is the winner.
The format has existed since the 1970s and is repeated in several countries. Athletes are pitted against each other in athletic competitions – many of which may be outside of their primary sporting comfort zones. The first incarnation of the series in Sweden came in 1975, with a short run in 2009 and again consistently since 2017.
Participants can be either active or retired. Last year’s winners were Olympic gold-winning alpine skiers Andre Myhrerwho retired in 2020.
The last swimmer to compete at the exhibition was Therese Alshammarwho competed in the 2017 season and placed 5th out of 8 swimmers.
Sjöström’s participation comes despite his withdrawal from the upcoming Luxembourg Euro Meet citing ongoing issues.
Sjöström, 29, owns four individual Olympic medals from the 2016 and 2020 Games, including the 100 butterfly gold medal from the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is also a 16-time world champion, 29-time European champion and world record holder in five events. Her four current individual world records and five total world records make her the most by a woman.
Frolander, 48, retired from swimming in 2018 after competing in a record six consecutive Olympic Games. That career included three Olympic medals, one of which was gold: the men’s 100 fly from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
He is also a 9-time world champion and 12-time European champion in the pool, and in 2000 set a short course world record in the 100m fly that stood for 18 months.
All Sweden Superstars season actors 2023:
- Sarah Sjöström – Active Olympic gold medal winning swimmer
- Lars Frolander – Retired swimmer who won Olympic gold
- Kenny Brack – Retired IndyCar driver, record holder for highest horizontal g-force ever survived by a human (maintained in a crash)
- Frida Hansdotter – Retired alpine skier
- Jenny Rissveds – Active mountain biker
- Angelica Bengtsson – Active pole vaulter
- Helen Alfredsson – Active senior tour golfer
- Kennet Andersson – Retired soccer player
- Mathias Fredriksson –
- Michel Torneus –
Swimmers have become a growing presence around the world in reality TV shows. It includes a series of swimmers on dance competition shows and Australian Olympic medalist Emily Seebohm, who has become a regular on the reality TV circuit in his home country.