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Väinö Bremer

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameVäinö Elias•Bremer
Used nameVäinö•Bremer
Born24 April 1899 in Turku (FIN)
Died23 December 1964 in Kerava (FIN)
NOC Finland

Biography

Väinö Bremer, a captain in the Finnish Air Force, was the captain of Finnish military patrol team, which won the silver medal at the 1924 Winter Olympics. Six months later Bremer competed at the Olympic Games again, this time finishing ninth in the modern pentathlon at Paris. But Bremer is more known as a Finnish aviation pioneer than an Olympic competitor and medalist. In 1920s Bremer was the leader of the Finnish Air Force Aerobatics team. In 1927 he was awarded the Harmon Statue, a prize awarded to the best Finnish pilot every year. In 1931 Bremer flew around Europe, while in 1932 he flew from Helsinki to Cape Town and back. In 1933 he tried to fly around the World, but Soviet officials did not give him permission to enter their territory, so Bremer had to cover part of the journey by boat. In 1933 he also flew around Asia. Väinö Bremer died in 1964 on Christmas Eve, when his plane crashed in Kerava while he was approaching Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Modern Pentathlon FIN Väinö Bremer
Individual, Men (Olympic) 9
1924 Winter Olympics Military Ski Patrol (Skiing) FIN Väinö Bremer
Military Ski Patrol, Men (Olympic) Finland 2 Silver

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