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Marcus Nikkanen

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMarcus Rafael•Nikkanen
Used nameMarcus•Nikkanen
Born26 January 1904 in Helsinki (FIN)
Died28 March 1985 in Helsinki (FIN)
AffiliationsHelsingfors Skridskoklubb, Helsinki (FIN)
NOC Finland

Biography

Finland’s Marcus Nikkanen was a three times Olympian in men’s singles figure skating, having his best result in the Winter Games of 1932 in Lake Placid, with a fourth place. In 1928, he fell ill between the compulsories and the free-skate dropping from fourth to sixth place; and in 1932 he had to pay his own travel expenses due to lack of funds. Between 1929 and 1937 he competed in seven World and four European Championships, never placing worse than seventh. At these events, he earned two bronze medals (1933 World and 1930 European Championships.) At home, he won 10 Finnish Championships (1927-30, 1934-35, 1938-39, 1945-1946). After World War II, he went to the United States and coached at the New York Skating Club from 1945 to 1951. Later he founded a skating school in Toronto, Canada but in the late 1970s Nikkanen returned to his hometown of Helsinki. During his time in North America he coached, amongst others, 1976 Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill and Canadian Olympian Charles Snelling. His brother Bertel was also a three times Finnish Champion in figure skating in years between Marcus’ victories.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) FIN Marcus Nikkanen
Singles, Men (Olympic) 6
1932 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) FIN Marcus Nikkanen
Singles, Men (Olympic) 4
1936 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) FIN Marcus Nikkanen
Singles, Men (Olympic) 7

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