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Kalle Jalkanen

Full name: Kalle Jalkanen
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 62-69 kg
Born: May 10, 1907 in Suonenjoki, Pohjois-Savo, Finland
Died: September 5, 1941 in Lembolovo, Leningrad, Russia
Affiliations: Lahden Hiihtoseura, Lahti (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Cousin of Heikki Raitio.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Kalle Jalkanen was much more successful internationally than domestically as he never medaled at either the Finnish Championships or the Lahti Ski Games. Jalkanen made his international début at the 1936 Olympics, where he skied the last leg of a gold medal winning Finnish relay team and two days later placed 12th in the 18 km. At the 1937 World Championships Jalkanen won two silvers in the 18 km and relay. At the 1938 World Championships Jalkanen won his only World title, in the 50 km, and was third at 18 km. During his short life, Jalkanen worked as a farmer, woodcutter, ski wax manufacturer, ran a coffee shop, and from 1937 on, worked as an accountant. Corporal Kalle Jalkanen was killed when he stepped on a mine while on an intelligence gathering mission in Lempaala, Ingeria (now Lembolovo in Leningrad Oblast, Russia).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Winter 28 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Finland FIN 12
1936 Winter 28 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 1 Gold

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Winter 28 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 12 1-19:27

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1936 Winter 28 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 1 39:14 2-41:33 1