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Paavo Aaltonen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full namePaavo Johannes•Aaltonen
Used namePaavo•Aaltonen
Born12 December 1919 in Kemi (FIN)
Died9 September 1962 in Sipoo (FIN)
Measurements175 cm / 64 kg
NOC(s) Finland

Biography

Although he won three gold medals at the 1948 Games, Aaltonen’s pommelled horse title was the most remarkable, sharing his title with two compatriots: Heikki Savolainen and Veikko Huhtanen. With a third place overall, he also had a large contribution in Finland’s team gold. In 1950, Aaltonen won the horizontal bar event at the first post-war World Championships. His last competition was the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, where he won a fifth Olympic medal, finishing third with the Finnish team.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1948 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Finland    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Finland 1 Gold
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic =29
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic =7
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic =12
  Rings, Men Olympic =17
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic =1 Gold
1952 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 20 Representing Finland    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Finland 3 Bronze
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic =24
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic =35
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic =27
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic =11
  Rings, Men Olympic =38
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic =40