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Heikki Ikola

Full name: Heikki Johannes Ikola
Nickname(s): Hessu
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: September 9, 1947 in Jurva, Kurikka, Etelä-Pohjanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Jurvan Urheilijat, Jurva (FIN) / Punkalaitumen Kunto, Punkalaidun (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Biathlon

Medals: 3 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Heikki Ikola is the most successful Finnish biathlete. Ikola competed at three Olympics and won three Olympic silvers – in 1972 in the relay and in 1976 in the 20 km and relay. Ikola made his third Olympic appearance at the 1980 Olympics, where he was the Finnish flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, but finished only 18th in the 20 km and was not selected for the relay team. At the World Championships Ikola won four golds (1975 at 20 km and relay and 1977 and 1981 in the 20 km) and three silvers (1974, 1977 and 1979 in the relay). In 1975 and 1981 he was also selected as the Finnish Athlete of the Year. After his sporting career Ikola was the coach of the Finnish Olympic biathlon teams in 1988 and 1992 and beginning in 1994 worked for Finnish national television as biathlon commentator.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 24 Sapporo Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 2 Silver
1976 Winter 28 Innsbruck Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Finland FIN 2 Silver
1976 Winter 28 Innsbruck Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 2 Silver
1980 Winter 32 Lake Placid Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Finland FIN 18

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT P ST SR S1P S1T S1R S2P S2T S2R S3P S3T S3R S4P S4T S4R
1976 Winter 28 Innsbruck Biathlon Finland Final Standings 2 1-15:54.10 2 1-13:54.10 8 0 15:48.49 3 0 33:16.79 2 0 50:13.73 2 2 1-09:54.26 2
1980 Winter 32 Lake Placid Biathlon Finland Final Standings 18 1-15:02.16 5 1-10:02.16 18 2 18:51.89 29 0 35:19.11 17 1 49:13.03 17 2 1-07:31.62 18

Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M ES S1M S1ES S2M S2ES ET ER
1972 Winter 24 Sapporo Biathlon Finland FIN Final Standings 2 28:45.79 0 3 0 1 0 3 1-27:15.16 5
1976 Winter 28 Innsbruck Biathlon Finland FIN Final Standings 2 29:40.69 0 0 0 2-01:45.58 2
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