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Veikko Hakulinen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 3
Bronze 1
Total 7
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameVeikko Johannes•Hakulinen
Used nameVeikko•Hakulinen
Born4 January 1925 in Kurkiyoki, Respublika Kareliya (RUS)
Died24 October 2003 in Valkeakoski (FIN)
Measurements173 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsEvon Metsäpojat, Evo (FIN) / Jämsänkosken Ilves, Jämsänkoski (FIN)
NOC(s) Finland

Biography

Veikko Hakulinen won seven medals (three gold, three silver, one bronze) in cross-country skiing at four Olympic Winter Games. His first gold came at the 1952 Olympics in the 50 km, the second at the 1956 Olympics over 30 km, and the last at the 1960 Olympics in the relay. His 1952 50 km victory with a time of 3-33:33 made sporting history. Hakulinen competed at the Winter Olympics for a fourth time in 1964 in the biathlon, having previously won a World Championship 20 km team silver at his new sport in 1963. He also won three World Cross-country Championships, in 1954 and 1958 in the 15 km, and the relay in 1954, in addition to winning three silvers and one bronze at the World Championships. Hakulinen won the Lahti Ski Games four times and was a nine-time Finnish champion in cross-country skiing, four times in individual races and five times in the relay. A great all-around athlete, Hakulinen also competed at Finnish Championships in biathlon, orienteering, ski orienteering, cross-country running, and rowing. Hakulinen was the outstanding Nordic skier of his generation, and he continued competing well into his sixties, by which time he had become quite proficient at ski orienteering. By profession Hakulinen was a sergeant in the Finnish Army and also later worked as a forester. Hakulinen died when he was hit by a car while he was jogging on the side of a road in Valkeakoski.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1952 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 50 kilometres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Finland    
1956 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 15 kilometres, Men Olympic 4 Representing Finland    
  30 kilometres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  50 kilometres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic Finland 2 Silver
1960 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 15 kilometres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Finland    
  30 kilometres, Men Olympic 6
  50 kilometres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic Finland 1 Gold
1964 Winter Olympics Biathlon 20 kilometres, Men Olympic 15 Representing Finland    

Other participations

Games Role Details
1964 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Finland    

Special Notes