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Toivo Salonen

Full name: Toivo Kostia Salonen
Nickname(s): Topi
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 72-74 kg
Born: May 21, 1933 in Pälkäne, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Pälkäneen Pyry, Pälkäne (FIN) / Pälkäneen Lukko, Pälkäne (FIN) / Oulun Luistelukerho, Oulu (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Toivo Salonen was the best Finnish skater of the 1950s. He made his international début at the 1952 Winter Olympics, where he was eighth in the 500 and 25th in the 1,500. In 1953 Salonen won the 500 at both the World and European Championships, but his weak performance in the longer distances kept him from finishing high up in the all-around. He would win two more distance titles at the World All-around Championships (500 in 1955; 1,500 in 1959) and one distance title at the European All-around Championships (500 in 1959), but his best places in all-around at the World and European All-around Championships would be second and third respectively, both in 1959. Salonen competed at four Winter Olympics, but he won his only Olympic medal – a bronze in the 1,500 – in 1956 and with that feat he is the last Finnish male skater (through 2006) to win an Olympic medal. At the Finnish Championships, Salonen won the all-around title six times (1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961), was second three times (1953, 1955, 1962) and won bronze twice (1963, 1964).

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.9 (1960); 1500 – 2:09.4 (1956); 5000 – 8:10.2 (1964); 10000 – 17:04.2 (1963).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 18 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Finland FIN 8T
1952 Winter 18 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Finland FIN 25
1956 Winter 22 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Finland FIN 5
1956 Winter 22 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1956 Winter 22 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Finland FIN 24
1960 Winter 26 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Finland FIN 7T
1960 Winter 26 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Finland FIN 7
1964 Winter 30 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Finland FIN 23
1964 Winter 30 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Finland FIN 21

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Winter 18 Oslo Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 8T 44.2
1956 Winter 22 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 5 41.7
1960 Winter 26 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 7T 40.9
1964 Winter 30 Innsbruck Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 23 42.2

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1952 Winter 18 Oslo Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 25 2:27.4 30 1:06 1:45
1956 Winter 22 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 3 2:09.4 26.5 59.2 1:33.6
1960 Winter 26 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 7 2:13.1 27 1:00 1:35

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1964 Winter 30 Innsbruck Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 21 8:10.2 21 1:00 1:39 2:17 2:56 3:35 4:15 4:54 5:33 6:13 6:52 7:31

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
1956 Winter 22 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Finland Final Standings 24 17:37.6 43.3 1:23.5 2:03.9 2:44.3 3:25.1 4:06.6 4:48.5 5:30.6 6:12.3 6:54.1 7:35.9 8:18.0 9:00.8 9:43.9 10:26.6 11:11.3 11:55.8 12:39.5 13:21.8 14:04.7 14:48.1 15:31.8 16:14.9 16:57.7