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Veikko Hakulinen

Full name: Veikko Johannes Hakulinen
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: January 4, 1925 in Kurkiyoki, Respublika Kareliya, Russia
Died: October 24, 2003 in Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Evon Metsäpojat, Evo (FIN) / Jämsänkosken Ilves, Jämsänkoski (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing, Biathlon

Medals: 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze (7 Total)

Biography

Veikko Hakulinen won seven medals (three gold, three silver, one bronze) in cross-country skiing at four Olympic Winter Games. His first gold came at the 1952 Olympics in the 50 km, the second at the 1956 Olympics over 30 km, and the last at the 1960 Olympics in the relay. His 1952 50 km victory with a time of 3-33:33 made sporting history. Hakulinen competed at the Winter Olympics for a fourth time in 1964 in the biathlon, having previously won a World Championship 20 km team silver at his new sport in 1963. He also won three World Cross-country Championships, in 1954 and 1958 in the 15 km, and the relay in 1954, in addition to winning three silvers and one bronze at the World Championships. Hakulinen won the Lahti Ski Games four times and was a nine-time Finnish champion in cross-country skiing, four times in individual races and five times in the relay. A great all-around athlete, Hakulinen also competed at Finnish Championships in biathlon, orienteering, ski orienteering, cross-country running, and rowing. Hakulinen was the outstanding Nordic skier of his generation, and he continued competing well into his sixties, by which time he had become quite proficient at ski orienteering. By profession Hakulinen was a sergeant in the Finnish Army and also later worked as a forester. Hakulinen died when he was hit by a car while he was jogging on the side of a road in Valkeakoski.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 27 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Finland FIN 1 Gold
1956 Winter 31 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Finland FIN 4
1956 Winter 31 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Finland FIN 1 Gold
1956 Winter 31 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Finland FIN 2 Silver
1956 Winter 31 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 2 Silver
1960 Winter 35 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1960 Winter 35 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Finland FIN 6
1960 Winter 35 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Finland FIN 2 Silver
1960 Winter 35 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 1 Gold
1964 Winter 39 Innsbruck Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Finland FIN 15

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1956 Winter 31 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 4 50:31 15:10 7 36:04 5
1960 Winter 35 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 3 52:03.0 17:07 7 35:31 =2

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT M ST SR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1964 Winter 39 Innsbruck Biathlon Finland Final Standings 15 1-31:37.9 6 1-19:37.9 1 2 26:46 19 1 46:06 15 0 51:56 12 3 1-18:07 16

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1956 Winter 31 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 1 1-44:06 33:00 2 1-08:58 1
1960 Winter 35 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 6 1-54:02.0 37:20 6 1-15:47 6

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R
1952 Winter 27 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 1 3-33:33 50:50 8 2-03:20 1 2-59:50 1
1956 Winter 31 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 2 2-51:45 33:44 2 1-08:03 2 1-24:46 2 1-46:48 2 2-16:40 2
1960 Winter 35 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 2 2-59:26.7 34:16 =3 1-28:14 2 2-03:49 2

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1956 Winter 31 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 2 33:41 2-16:31 2
1960 Winter 35 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 1 33:56.6 2-18:45.6 1