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Benjam Vanninen

Full name: Benjam Vanninen
Nickname(s): Benjamin
Gender: Male
Born: June 29, 1921 in Rautalakhti, Sortavalsky rayon, Respublika Kareliya, Russia
Died: July 22, 1975 in Heinolan maalaiskunta, Heinola, Päijät-Häme, Finland
Affiliations: Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura, Rovaniemi (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Brother of Pekka Vanninen.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Apart from his Olympic medal, Benjam Vanninen won the 50 km at the Lahti Ski Games in 1946 and 1948. Vanninen never won a Finnish title, but earned two silvers in the 18 km in 1945 and 1947 at the Finnish Championships. He also won the 50 km race at Ounasvaara in 1946 and 1947. After his sporting career Vanninen worked as a customs officer, merchant and as a ski wax and skating equipment manufacturer. His brother Pekka was also a cross-country skier, who won six Finnish Championships titles at 50 km and finished fourth in the 50 km, behind his younger brother, at the 1948 Olympic Winter Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 26 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Finland FIN 3 Bronze

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R I6T I6R I7T I7R I8T I8R I9T I9R
1948 Winter 26 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 3 3-57:28 25:30 7 47:25 7 1-12:45 5 1-27:06 5 1-52:37 3 2-19:20 3 2-41:30 3 3-11:44 3 3-29:23 3