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Väinö Huhtala

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameVäinö Veikko Sakari•Huhtala
Used nameVäinö•Huhtala
Born24 December 1935 in Revonlahti, Siikajoki (FIN)
Died18 June 2016 in Jämsä (FIN)
Measurements165 cm / 58 kg
AffiliationsRevonlahden Reipas/Jämsänkosken Ilves
NOC Finland

Biography

Väinö Huhtala made his international début at the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, where he won gold in the relay and was 13th at 15 km. In 1960 he also won relay gold at the Swedish Ski Games in Falun. At the 1962 World Championships Huhtala won the silver in relay and repeated his Olympic result over 15 km, placing 13th. At the 1964 Winter Olympics, Huhtala again won silver in the relay, but this time he had his best individual place at an international tournament, finishing fourth in the 15 km, losing by only 12 seconds to bronze medal winner, the legendary Swede Sixten Jernberg. At Innsbruck Huhtala placed 14th in the 30 km. Domestically Huhtala won two individual Finnish Championships in 1961 and 1962, both at 15 km and won four relay titles (1960, 1961, 1963, 1964). Huhtala also competed domestically in rowing, winning Finnish championships in lightweight coxless fours in 1957, 1958 and 1960.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Väinö Huhtala
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 13
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 1 Gold
1964 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Väinö Huhtala
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 4
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 14
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 2 Silver

Olympic family relations

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