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Veikko Kankkonen

Full name: Esa Veikko Antero Kankkonen
Nickname(s): Viki
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (174 cm)
Weight: 75-78 kg
Born: January 5, 1940 in Sotkamo, Kainuu, Finland
Affiliations: Lahden Hiihtoseura, Lahti (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Ski Jumping

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Veikko Kankkonen was the best Finnish ski jumper of the 1960s. He made his first international appearance at the 1960 Winter Olympics, where he placed only 40th, but his prime came at the next Olympics in 1964, where he won a gold on the Normal Hill and silver on the Large Hill. The 1964 season was probably Kankkonen’s best, as before the Olympics, he had won the Four Hills Tournament and after the Olympics recorded his third victory at the Lahti Ski Games and won a ski jumping event at Holmenkollen, also earning a Holmenkollen medal that year. In 1966 Kankkonen again won the Four Hills Tournament, and eventually won at Lahti five times – 1960-61, 1964, and 1967-68. Kankkonen also played baseball in the Finnish Championships in 1963-64 with Maila-Veikot Lahti, and played golf, his best place at the Finnish Golf Championships being fourth. By profession Kankkonen was a turner and also later worked as a ski jumping coach. His son Anssi Kankkonen is a golfer, through 2009 the only Finn to win a tournament (in 1995 and twice in 1997) on the European PGA Tour. Anssi Kankkonen also won a Finnish ski jumping team title in 1985.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Winter 20 Squaw Valley Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Finland FIN 40
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Finland FIN 1 Gold
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Men's Large Hill, Individual Finland FIN 2 Silver
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Finland FIN 17
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Ski Jumping Men's Large Hill, Individual Finland FIN 24

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1960 Winter 20 Squaw Valley Ski Jumping Finland Final Standings 40 168.0
1960 Winter 20 Squaw Valley Ski Jumping Finland Jump 1 44 OB 72.0 86.5 54.0 18.0 6.0 6.0 5.0 7.0 6.0
1960 Winter 20 Squaw Valley Ski Jumping Finland Jump 2 32 96.0 75.0 52.0 44.0 15.5 15.0 14.5 14.5 14.5
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Finland Final Standings 1 229.9
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Finland Jump 1 29T 95.9 77.0 55.9 40.0 12.0 9.0 15.0 14.5 13.5
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Finland Jump 2 1 115.9 80.0 60.9 55.0 18.0 18.5 19.0 18.0 18.5
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Finland Jump 3 1T 114.0 79.0 60.0 54.0 18.0 17.5 19.0 18.0 18.0
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Ski Jumping Finland Final Standings 17 205.1
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Ski Jumping Finland Jump 1 13 105.9 76.0 58.4 47.5 17.0 15.5 16.5 15.5 15.0
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Ski Jumping Finland Jump 2 17T 99.2 71.5 51.2 48.0 16.5 15.0 16.0 16.0 16.0

Men's Large Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Finland Final Standings 2 228.9
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Finland Jump 1 1 OB 118.9 95.5 62.4 56.5 18.5 19.5 19.0 18.5 19.0
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Finland Jump 2 3 110.0 90.5 60.0 50.0 9.0 17.0 15.0 18.5 18.0
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Finland Jump 3 39 85.6 88.0 61.6 24.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 9.0
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Ski Jumping Finland Final Standings 24 188.9
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Ski Jumping Finland Jump 1 29 94.2 89.5 46.7 47.5 16.0 16.0 15.5 15.0 16.5
1968 Winter 28 Grenoble Ski Jumping Finland Jump 2 17 94.7 89.5 46.7 48.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 15.5 16.5