Helena Takalo

Anni Helena Takalo (née Kivioja, born 28 October 1947) is a Finnish former cross-country skier. She was born in Nivala, and was dominant women's cross-country skiing in the 1970s, earning five Winter Olympic medals and four FIS Nordic World Ski Championships medals (golds in 5 km and 4 × 5 km relay (both 1978), and bronzes in 3 × 5 km relay (1970), 10 km (1974), and 20 km (1978).).

Helena Takalo
Country Finland
Full nameAnni Helena Takalo
Born28 October 1947 (1947-10-28) (age 73)
Nivala, Finland
World Cup career
Seasons1982
Indiv. podiums0
Team podiums0
Indiv. starts1
Team starts1
Overall titles0 – (47th in 1982)

Takalo also won the women's 5 km at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 1976. For her cross-country skiing successes, she earned the Holmenkollen medal in 1977 (Shared with Hilkka Riihivuori and Walter Steiner).

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[1]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 5 medals – (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km   10 km  3/4 × 5 km 
 relay 
1968 20 22 DNF
1972 24 9 5 Silver
1976 28 Gold Silver Silver
1980 32 5 Bronze 5

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 5 medals – (2 gold, 3 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km  10 km  20 km  3/4 × 5 km 
 relay 
1970 22 N/A Bronze
1974 26 Bronze N/A 4
1978 30 Gold 13 Bronze Gold
1982 34 4

World CupEdit

Season standingsEdit

 Season   Age  Overall
1982 34 47

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TAKALO Helena". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 20 December 2019.

External linksEdit