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Tapio Mäkelä

Full name: Tapio Valfrid Mäkelä
Gender: Male
Height: 15-1 (181 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: October 12, 1926 in Nastola, Päijät-Häme, Finland
Affiliations: Lahden Hiihtoseura, Lahti (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Tapio Mäkelä won his first Finnish Championship in 1948 in the relay. His second and last Finnish title came in 1952 at 18 km. Mäkelä made his international début at the 1950 World Championships, where he was 12th in the 18 km. At the 1952 Winter Olympic Games he won gold as a member of the Finnish relay team, but lost to Norwegian Hallgeir Brenden by 35 seconds in the 18 km and had to settle for a silver medal. At the 1954 World Championships Mäkelä again won a gold in the relay and was fifth at 15 km. Mäkelä was an office worker and was the president of the sports club Kaipolan Vire from 1965-70.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 25 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Finland FIN 2 Silver
1952 Winter 25 Oslo 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 I1T I1R
1952 Winter 25 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 2 1-02:09 26:50 1

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1952 Winter 25 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 1 34:06 2-20:16 1
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