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Lauri Koskela

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLauri•Koskela
Used nameLauri•Koskela
Born16 May 1907 in Lapua (FIN)
Died3 August 1944 in Baryshevo, Leningrad (RUS)
Measurements167 cm / 62-68 kg
AffiliationsLapuan Virkiä, Lapua (FIN)
NOC(s) Finland


Lauri Koskela was one of the world’s best Greco-Roman lightweight wrestlers during the 1930s. Starting his career as a featherweight, Koskela first competed internationally at the 1932 Olympics, where he won bronze in Greco-Roman featherweight. After the Olympics Koskela switched to lightweight and competed in that class until his untimely death during World War II. As a lightweight, Koskela won Olympic gold in 1936 and was the European champion in 1935, 1937, and 1938. He also won European Championship bronze in 1939. Domestically, Koskela won seven Finnish titles: in 1932 and 1933 in Greco-Roman featherweight and in 1936 and 1940-43 in Greco-Roman lightweight. Corporal Koskela was killed in action during the Continuation War near Baryshevo, Leningrad Oblast, which was then part of Finland.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1932 Summer Olympics Wrestling Featherweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Finland    
1936 Summer Olympics Wrestling Lightweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Finland    

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