Anton Collin

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAnton Johannes•Collin
Used nameAnton•Collin
Born12 October 1891 in Pihlajavesi, Keuruu, Keski-Suomi (FIN)
Died31 May 1973 in Ähtäri, Etelä-Pohjanmaa (FIN)
Measurements172 cm / 71 kg
AffiliationsLahden Hiihtoseura, Lahti (FIN)
NOC Finland


Anton Collin was a Finnish cross-country skier and cyclist who competed at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Collin won the Holmenkollen 50 km cross-country event in Oslo in 1922 to become the first non-Norwegian skier to win the race. Collin’s win inspired Lauri Pihkala to develop Finland’s own version of the Holmenkollen. The Salpausselän kisat was created in Lahti. The Lahden Hiihtoseura (Lahti Ski Club) was founded with Collin joining it. The first edition of the Salpausselän Games took place in 1923, with Collin winning the 10 kilometres.

Collin competed in the 18 kilometres cross-country at the 1924 Chamonix Olympics where he finished in 16th place. Collin also competed in the 50 kilometres but he did not finish the race. Some five months later, Collin competed as a cyclist at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Collin did not complete the 188 kilometres road course but was awarded a 13th place finish as part of Finland’s team in the team race.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) FIN Anton Collin
Road Race, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNF
Road Race, Team, Men (Olympic) Finland 13
1924 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Anton Collin
18 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 16
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) DNF