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Lassi Parkkinen

Full name: Lauri Rikhard "Lassi" Parkkinen
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: May 8, 1917 in Varkaus, Pohjois-Savo, Finland
Died: October 3, 1994 in Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland
Affiliations: Helsingin Luistinkiitäjät, Helsinki (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Lassi Parkkinen made his international début before World War II, taking part in both the 1937 and 1938 World All-around Championships, but not very successfully. Parkkinen continued to skate through World War II and won the 1947 World All-around Championships, while placing first in the 5,000, second at 10K and third in the 1,500. In 1947 Parkkinen was also selected as the Finnish Sportsman of the Year. Parkkinen’s next international competition was the 1948 Olympic Winter Games, where he won silver in the 10,000 and was fourth at 1,500. The next internationals were not very successful for Parkkinen, as his all-around finishes at the 1950 and 1952 European All-around Championships were fifth and fourth, although he won 500 silver and gold, respectively. But at the 1952 World All-around Championships Parkkinen won silver in all-around and won his fourth (silver in 5,000) and fifth (bronze in 10,000) world distance medals. Parkkinen also won the Finnish all-around title in 1941, 1943-44, 1946 and 1952. After his competitive career Parkkinen was the vice-chairman of the Finnish Skating Federation from 1954-60 and a committee member of the International Skating Union from 1957-64.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.9 (1952); 1500 – 2:19.6 (1948); 5000 – 8:25.1 (1952); 10000 – 17:25.7 (1946).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Finland FIN 16
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Finland FIN 4
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Finland FIN 9
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Finland FIN 2 Silver
1952 Winter 34 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Finland FIN AC DNF/fall
1952 Winter 34 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Finland FIN 6
1952 Winter 34 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Finland FIN 8

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 16 45.2
1952 Winter 34 Oslo Speed Skating Finland Final Standings AC DNF/fall

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 4 2:19.6 29 1:05 1:42
1952 Winter 34 Oslo Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 6 2:23.0 29 1:05 1:43

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 9 8:45.0 1:05 1:46 2:28 3:09 3:50 4:33 5:15 5:57 6:39 7:22 8:04

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1948 Winter 30 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 2 17:36.0 45 1:26 2:07 2:47 3:29 4:10 4:51 5:32 6:13 6:55 7:37 8:19 9:01 9:44 10:26 11:09 11:51 12:34 13:17 14:00 14:44 15:27 16:10 16:53
1952 Winter 34 Oslo Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 8 17:36.8 45 1:26 2:07 2:48 3:29 4:10 4:51 5:32 6:14 6:56 7:37 8:21 9:03 9:46 10:27 11:10 11:52 12:34 13:18 14:01 14:44 15:27 16:11 16:54