Stephan Nasstrom, who spent practically 40 years masking sports for The Associated Press, has died. He was 70.
Nasstrom’s household confirmed that he died Tuesday in Lima, Peru, the place he lived after retiring in 2010 from the AP.
Based in Stockholm, Nasstrom coated eight Olympics and quite a few World Cups throughout his profession. His specialties had been snowboarding, soccer, tennis and monitor and discipline. (*70*) he additionally wrote about quite a lot of different sports, together with Olympic wrestling, which he as soon as mentioned “reminds me of what the original Olympics in Greece must have looked like.”
Nasstrom traveled the globe and was happy with masking occasions on a number of continents. He additionally had a powerful attraction to baseball, hardly a preferred sport in his native Sweden, and infrequently messaged AP colleagues in regards to the pennant races and World Series.
“He was as knowledgeable about different sports as any AP sports writer we had,” Steve Wilson, the previous president of the Olympic Journalists Association who coated the Olympic motion for The Associated Press for practically three many years till 2017, wrote in an e mail. “He was particularly fond of tennis, track and field and winter sports.
“As a Swede, he loved recounting stories about Bjorn Borg and Stefan Edberg. He was a good tennis player himself. He was a tall, lanky, blond Swede with a joie de vivre. He always had a smile on his face and had a quick sense of humor, always ready with a quip.”
Nasstrom even carried the nickname “Elk,” although nobody appeared to make sure the place he obtained it from or who gave it to him.
His first World Cup was in 1978 in Argentina, the place he met a girl outdoors a restaurant who quickly turned his spouse, Angela. They had two sons, Daniel and Michael. It was at the 1994 match that Nasstrom drew what he termed a “greatest thrill” when Sweden completed third behind powers Brazil and Italy. His household was there throughout the complete match, staying in San Diego whereas Nasstrom adopted Team Sweden across the United States.
Nasstrom additionally was in a position to organize a gathering with Pele for his older son, Daniel.
“I actually met Pele in Stockholm thanks to my dad who managed to ‘talk me inside’ through security at the national-soccer arena Råsunda when I was a teenager,” Daniel Nasstrom recalled in an e mail. “A photo with me and Pele was always one of his most cherished photos, my dad told me many times.”
A real storyteller, Nasstrom would enrapture his sons and their associates with tales of his journey across the “sport world.”
“That is what all my friends keep telling me,” Daniel wrote. “He was their favorite ‘friend-dad’ because he had so many fun stories to tell.”