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Voitto Kolho

Full name: Voitto Valdemar Kolho (Saxberg-)
Nickname(s): VeeVee
Gender: Male
Born: February 6, 1885 in Keuruu, Keski-Suomi, Finland
Died: October 4, 1963 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Shooting

Related Olympians: Brother of Lauri Kolho; Brother of Yrjö Kolho.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Voitto Kolho and his brothers [Lauri] and [Yrjö], both also shooting Olympians, were all born under the name Saxberg and later changed it to Kolho. Although Voitto Kolho competed in 13 events at four Olympics (1908-24), the bronze in team military rifle in 1920 was his only medal.

In 1905 Kolho went to Vaasa for his studies and eventually graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1912 with a degree in mechanical engineering. While still a student, he sustained a ruptured appendix and contracted peritonitis, but still survived in the pre-antibiotic era. During the following years he worked as engineer at the Hietalahti shipyard, as technical director at the Jämsänkosken pulp mill, and as a senior engineer for Kajaani Lumber. In 1926 he joined Enso, a major company in the lumber and paper industry, where he became technical director of the sulphite cellulose process and later was promoted to senior engineer. In 1935 he was appointed to the company’s board of management of the Enso-Gutzeit group. He retired in 1950, one year after receiving an honorary doctorate from the Helsinki University of Technology.

Kolho became a famous expert on classic violins, examining and identifying them. He himself had a violin collection, including a Stradivarius and a Guarneri. In 1946, he was one of the founding members of the Violin Makers’ Association and later became the organization’s chairman. The violin made by him in 1923 is still owned by his family.

Results

Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 11 2,052

Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS SP KP PP KSP
1908 Summer 23 London Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 788 231 269 288
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 923 320 313 290
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 974 301 357 316

Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1908 Summer 23 London Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 8 3,962 642
1908 Summer 23 London Shooting Finland FIN Standing NP 1,182 209
1908 Summer 23 London Shooting Finland FIN Kneeling NP 1,324 216
1908 Summer 23 London Shooting Finland FIN Prone NP 1,456 217
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 5 5,323 951
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Shooting Finland FIN Standing NP 1,651 306
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Shooting Finland FIN Kneeling NP 1,751 308
1912 Summer 27 Stockholm Shooting Finland FIN Prone NP 1,921 337
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 4 4,668 974
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Shooting Finland FIN Prone NP 1,698
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Shooting Finland FIN Kneeling/Sitting NP 1,605
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Shooting Finland FIN Standing NP 1,365

Men's Free Rifle, 400, 600 and 800 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1924 Summer 39 Paris Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 5 628 125

Men's Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 3 281 51

Men's Military Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 8 268 55

Men's Military Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 7 235 47

Men's Military Rifle, 300 metres and 600 metres, Prone, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1920 Summer 35 Antwerpen Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 10 524 102

Men's Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1924 Summer 39 Paris Shooting Finland FIN Final Standings 388
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