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Toivo Salonen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameToivo Kostia•Salonen
Used nameToivo•Salonen
Nick/petnamesTopi
Born21 May 1933 in Pälkäne (FIN)
Died28 October 2019 in Muhos (FIN)
Measurements175 cm / 72-74 kg
AffiliationsPälkäneen Pyry, Pälkäne (FIN) / Pälkäneen Lukko, Pälkäne (FIN) / Oulun Luistelukerho, Oulu (FIN)
NOC Finland

Biography

Toivo Salonen was the best Finnish skater of the 1950s. He made his international début at the 1952 Winter Olympics, where he was eighth in the 500 and 25th in the 1,500. In 1953 Salonen won the 500 at both the World and European Championships, but his weak performance in the longer distances kept him from finishing high up in the all-around. He would win two more distance titles at the World All-around Championships (500 in 1955; 1,500 in 1959) and one distance title at the European All-around Championships (500 in 1959), but his best places in all-around at the World and European All-around Championships would be second and third respectively, both in 1959. Salonen competed at four Winter Olympics, but he won his only Olympic medal – a bronze in the 1,500 – in 1956 and with that feat he is the last Finnish male skater (through 2006) to win an Olympic medal. At the Finnish Championships, Salonen won the all-around title six times (1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961), was second three times (1953, 1955, 1962) and won bronze twice (1963, 1964).

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.9 (1960); 1500 – 2:09.4 (1956); 5000 – 8:10.2 (1964); 10000 – 17:04.2 (1963).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) FIN Toivo Salonen
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =8
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 25
1956 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) FIN Toivo Salonen
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 5
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 24
1960 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) FIN Toivo Salonen
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =7
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
1964 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) FIN Toivo Salonen
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 23
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 21

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1956 Winter Olympics 30 January 1956 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Final Standings 2:09.4 3

Special Notes