Hannu Taipale

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHannu Allan•Taipale
Used nameHannu•Taipale
Nick/petnamesHanski, Hanuski
Born22 June 1940 in Veteli (FIN)
Measurements176 cm / 70-72 kg
AffiliationsVetelin Urheilijat, Veteli (FIN)
NOC Finland
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Hannu Taipale made his international début at the 1966 World Championships, where he won silver in the relay, was fifth at 50 km and seventh iover 15 km. Next Taipale competed internationally at the 1968 Winter Olympics, where he won bronze in the relay and was 14th in the 50 km. Taipale also competed at the 1970 World Championships and the 1972 Olympic Winter Games, but with little success, his best place being eighth at 50 km in 1970. In 1972 Taipale won the 50 km at Lahti, in 1969 he was second in the 30 km at the Swedish Ski Games at Falun, and in 1970 he was second in the 15 km at Holmenkollen. Domestically Taipale won three Finnish titles, two at 30 km (1967, 1970) and one at 50 km (1971). By profession Taipale was a farmer. His son Kuisma was also a cross-country skier, who competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Hannu Taipale
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) DNF
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 14
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 3 Bronze
1972 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Hannu Taipale
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 12
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 5

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