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Väinö Huhtala

Full name: Väinö Veikko Sakari Huhtala
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: December 24, 1935 in Revonlahti, Siikajoki, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Revonlahden Reipas/Jämsänkosken Ilves
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Brother of Eino Huhtala.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Väinö Huhtala made his international début at the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, where he won gold in the relay and was 13th at 15 km. In 1960 he also won relay gold at the Swedish Ski Games in Falun. At the 1962 World Championships Huhtala won the silver in relay and repeated his Olympic result over 15 km, placing 13th. At the 1964 Winter Olympics, Huhtala again won silver in the relay, but this time he had his best individual place at an international tournament, finishing fourth in the 15 km, losing by only 12 seconds to bronze medal winner, the legendary Swede Sixten Jernberg. At Innsbruck Huhtala placed 14th in the 30 km. Domestically Huhtala won two individual Finnish Championships in 1961 and 1962, both at 15 km and won four relay titles (1960, 1961, 1963, 1964). Huhtala also competed domestically in rowing, winning Finnish championships in lightweight coxless fours in 1957, 1958 and 1960.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Winter 24 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Finland FIN 13
1960 Winter 24 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 1 Gold
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Finland FIN 4
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Finland FIN 14
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 2 Silver

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1960 Winter 24 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 13 53:11.5 17:14 12 36:17 13
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 4 51:45.4 18:02.9 6 36:27.9 7

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 14 1-33:38.1 29:37.9 10 1-02:05.9 13

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1960 Winter 24 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 1 35:01.0 1-44:49.0 2
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 2 34:52.8 34:52.8 1
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