Full name: Arvo Kalle Olavi OjanperÃ¤
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: October 27, 1921 in TyrvÃ¤Ã¤, Sastamala, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Died: May 8, 2016 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
A son of farmers, Olavi OjanperÃ¤ did cross-country skiing and played pesÃ¤pallo (the Finnish version of baseball) as a youth and did not take up kayaking until 1948, after graduating from the University of Helsinki with a forestry degree and getting married. He was introduced to kayaking by his brother-in-law Olavi Puro, who was a well-known kayaker in Finland. Along with his brother-in-law, OjanperÃ¤ competed at the 1950 World Championships, where he failed to medal. In 1951 OjanperÃ¤ switched to Canadian canoes, which was an unusual discipline in Finland at the time. His biggest achievement came at the 1952 Olympics, when he won a surprising bronze medal in the C-1 1,000 m in front of a home crowd.
After the Olympics, OjanperÃ¤ won the C-1 1,000 m title, adding C-1 10K and relay silvers at the 1953 Nordic Championships. He competed with little success at the 1954 World Championships, but then retired from sports due to work constraints. In 1960, he made a comeback to compete at the 1960 Olympics, but was eliminated in the heats of the C-1 1,000 m. Domestically he won four Finnish titles â in the C-1 1,000 m and C-1 10K in 1951 and 1960. Outside of sports, OjanperÃ¤ worked with the Finnish wood processing company Helsingin KyllÃ¤styslaitos Oy, which is now part of Versowood Group, and served as their CEO from 1977 until his retirement. He was also the chairman of Marjaniemen Melojat canoe club.
|1952 Summer||30||Helsinki||Canoeing||Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres||Finland||FIN||3||Bronze|
|1960 Summer||38||Roma||Canoeing||Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres||Finland||FIN||4 h1 r3/4|
|1952 Summer||30||Helsinki||Canoeing||Finland||Final Round||3||5:08.5|
|1952 Summer||30||Helsinki||Canoeing||Finland||Round One||Heat Two||2||Q||5:09.8|
|1960 Summer||38||Roma||Canoeing||Finland||Semi-Finals||Heat One||4||5:06.74|
|1960 Summer||38||Roma||Canoeing||Finland||RepÃªchage||Heat One||3||Q||5:00.92|
|1960 Summer||38||Roma||Canoeing||Finland||Round One||Heat One||4||4:54.37|