Yrjö Hietanen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameYrjö Jalmari•Hietanen
Used nameYrjö•Hietanen
Nick/petnamesYka
Born12 July 1927 in Helsinki (FIN)
Died26 March 2011 in Helsinki (FIN)
Measurements174 cm / 72-74 kg
AffiliationsMerimelojat, Helsinki (FIN)
NOC Finland

Biography

Yrjö Hietanen was one of the best Finnish kayakers of the 1950s. Teaming up with veteran Kurt Wires, the highlight of Hietanen’s career came at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, when they won both K2-1000 and K2-10,000 golds in front of their home crowd. Hietanen also competed at the 1956 Olympics, finishing seventh in K2-10,000. Domestically Hietanen won nine Finnish titles – in K1-500 in 1947, 1951 and 1953; K1-1000 in 1954; K2-500 in 1953; K2-1000 in 1956; K2-10,000 in 1950 and 1956; and in K1 4x250 in 1948. Hietanen joined Merimelojat in 1943 and became president of the club from 1983-87. Outside of sports, Hietanen worked his whole career with the electrical contracting firm Oy C. A. Lindberg, retiring as a managing director in 1984.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) FIN Yrjö Hietanen
Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Kurt Wires 1 Gold
Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) FIN Yrjö Hietanen
Kayak Doubles, 10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Kurt Wires 1 Gold
1956 Summer Olympics Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) FIN Yrjö Hietanen
Kayak Doubles, 10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Simo Kuismanen 7