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Aale Tynni

Full name: Aale Maria Tynni (-Pirinen, -Haavio)
Gender: Female
Born: October 3, 1913 in Bolshiye Kolpany, Leningrad, Russia
Died: October 21, 1997 in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Art Competitions

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Aale Tynni is still the only woman to have won a gold medal at the Olympic Art Competitions. She was awarded the medal for her work Hellaan laakeri (Laurel of Hellas) in 1948 in the category Literature, Lyric Works. She studied in Helsinki, but travelled frequently to France and Italy until the onset of World War II. In 1940 Tynni first married church historian Kauko Pirinen, then later poet Martti Haavio. Her son Matti Antero Pirinen also became a poet. She became best-known as a translator of the Ibsen work Brand, and European poetry ranging from the Middle Ages, but also for her own poetries. In 1982 she was the first woman who was admitted to the Finnish Academy.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 34 London Art Competitions Mixed Literature, Lyric Works Finland FIN 1 Gold

Mixed Literature, Lyric Works

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1948 Summer 34 London Art Competitions Finland Final Standings 1 Hellaan laakeri
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