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Kalevi Laurila

Full name: Kalevi Johannes Laurila
Nickname(s): Pispalan poliisi, Vanha vipeltäjä
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: December 5, 1937 in Sääksmäki, Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Died: April 13, 1991 in Kangasala, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Tampereen Poliisi-Urheilijat, Tampere (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Kalevi Laurila made his international début at the 1962 World Championships, where he won a silver in the relay and was 17th at 15 km. At the 1964 Olympic Winter Games Laurila won another silver in the relay, while placing sixth in the 30 km and ninth in the 15 km. Laurila’s best international competition was the 1966 World Championships, where he won his only individual international medal – a silver over 30 km – and again won a silver in the relay. At the 1968 Winter Olympics Laurila won bronze in the relay, was fourth in the 15K, sixth at 30K and 11th in the 50 km. He made his last international appearance at the 1974 World Championships, where he was fourth in the relay. Laurila won the 15 km at Lahti in 1966, the 30 km at the 1967 Swedish Ski Games in Falun, and won seven Finnish Championships in cross-country skiing – four at 15 km (1967-68, 1970, 1974), two at 30 km (1966, 1968) and one over 50 km (1967). Laurila also competed in rowing and later in biathlon. He won the 1967 Finnish title in coxless fours and in the European Police Championships biathlon, won silver in 1973 and a bronze in 1978. By profession Laurila was a police sergeant and in 1975 was the first recipient of the Esko Award, an annual award awarded by Alexis Kivi Club to a person who has had notable accomplishments in his line or profession for that year.

Results

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 9 51:59.8 17:55.8 2 36:21.8 3
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 4 48:37.6 17:12.3 5 35:11.8 3

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 6 1-32:41.4 29:12.8 2 1-01:25.8 2
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 6 1-37:29.8 32:15.4 5 1-08:18.1 4

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 11 2-31:24.9 48:22.9 6 1-13:25.6 7 2-05:05.3 9

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 2 34:01.4 1-44:31.8 4
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 3 32:16.3 1-38:33.0 4