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Sirkka Polkunen

Full name: Sirkka Tellervo Polkunen (-Vilander)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: November 6, 1927 in Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi, Finland
Affiliations: Vihtavuoren Pamaus, Vihtavuori (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Sirkka Polkunen made her international début at the 1952 Olympic Winter Games, where she was fifth in the 10 km. At the 1954 World Championships Polkunen won silver in the relay and was sixth in 10 km. At the 1956 Winter Olympics Polkunen won gold as a member of the Finnish relay team and finished eighth in the 10 km. Domestically Polkunen never won a Finnish title, but was second at 10 km in 1954 and won bronzes over 10 km in 1951, 1953 and 1956. She also won the 10 km race at Zakopane in 1955 and was second in 1952 and won bronzes in 1953 and 1955 in the 10 km at the Lahti Ski Games. During and after her sporting career Polkunen worked as a loader and packer at the Vihtavuori gunpowder factory.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 24 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 5
1956 Winter 28 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 8
1956 Winter 28 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 1 Gold

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1952 Winter 24 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 5 43:07 24:10 =3
1956 Winter 28 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 8 40:25

Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1956 Winter 28 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 1 23:22 23:22 2
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