Benjam Vanninen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBenjam•Vanninen
Used nameBenjam•Vanninen
Born29 June 1921 in Rautalakhti, Sortavalsky rayon, Respublika Kareliya (RUS)
Died22 July 1975 in Heinolan maalaiskunta, Heinola (FIN)
AffiliationsOunasvaaran Hiihtoseura, Rovaniemi (FIN)
NOC Finland


Apart from his Olympic medal, Benjam Vanninen won the 50 km at the Lahti Ski Games in 1946 and 1948. Vanninen never won a Finnish title, but earned two silvers in the 18 km in 1945 and 1947 at the Finnish Championships. He also won the 50 km race at Ounasvaara in 1946 and 1947. After his sporting career Vanninen worked as a customs officer, merchant and as a ski wax and skating equipment manufacturer. His brother Pekka was also a cross-country skier, who won six Finnish Championships titles at 50 km and finished fourth in the 50 km, behind his younger brother, at the 1948 Olympic Winter Games.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Benjam Vanninen
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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