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Urpo Korhonen

Full name: Urpo Pentti Korhonen
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: February 8, 1923 in Rautalampi, Pohjois-Savo, Finland
Died: August 10, 2009 in Lahti, Päijät-Häme, Finland
Affiliations: Evon Metsäpojat, Evo (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Besides his Olympic gold, Urpo Korhonen won two Finnish titles (in 1951 and

1954, both in 3x10 km relay) and once placed second. His other accomplishments in

skiing were winning the Boden marathon in 1951, winning the Porrassalmi race in

1950 and two victories in Jämsänkoski. Besides skiing, Korhonen did also some

distance running. His best finish was fifth at the 1952 Finnish Championships

over 10,000 m. He was also many times provincial champion in distances between 3,000 m and 10,000 m. After his sporting career, Korhonen worked as a forester and he also wrote war fiction novels. His most famous novels are Sissinä Rukajärvellä (As a Sissi soldier in Rukajärve, 1993), Sissiosasto. Partiotoimintaa Rukajärvellä (Sissi Squad. Patrolling in Rukajärve, 1995), and Ritaripartio. 14. Divisioonan kaukopartio. (Knight Patrol. 14th Division's Scouting Patrol, 1997). Urpo Korhonen's father was writer and editor Veikko Matias Korhonen.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 29 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 1 Gold

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1952 Winter 29 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 1 35:47 1-46:10 1
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