|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||Peter Juhani•Lahdenpera|
|Born||29 December 1935 in Helsinki (FIN)|
|Died||3 July 2019|
|Measurements||183 cm / 80 kg|
|Affiliations||US Army Reserve, (USA)|
Peter Lahdenpera was born in Finland but came to the USA with his family when he was 8-years-old, when his father, an officer in the Finnish Army, was evading capture related to his leadership role in the 1945 Finnish Weapons Cache Case. Peter Lahdenpera grew up in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and then attended Middlebury College. After graduation, he joined the US Army in 1959 and later competed for the US in biathlon at two Winter Olympic Games and several World Championships. He later turned to coaching and led the US biathlon team for several years.
In 1963 Lahdenpera and his wife co-founded the Alpine Haus Sporting Goods Company in Fort Collins, Colorado, a store that spawned several franchise stores in Colorado and Wyoming. Lahdenpera later worked for Gart Brothers Sporting Goods and served on the Gart Brothers Board of Directors. He was involved in multiple sporting goods related ventures including Alpen Court Limited, On the Move – a women’s active wear store chain, and Promats, a sporting goods safety mat company. He was inducted into the US Biathlon Association Hall of Fame in 2019.
|Games||Discipline (Sport) / Event||NOC / Team||Pos||Medal||As|
|1960 Winter Olympics||Cross Country Skiing (Skiing)||USA||Peter Lahdenpera|
|15 kilometres, Men (Olympic)||46|
|4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic)||United States||11|
|1964 Winter Olympics||Biathlon||USA||Peter Lahdenpera|
|20 kilometres, Men (Olympic)||36|