Martti Lappalainen

Martti Eemil Lappalainen (11 April 1902 – 6 October 1941) was a Finnish cross-country skier and biathlete.

Martti Lappalainen
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Full nameMartti Eemil Lappalainen
Born(1902-04-11)11 April 1902
Liperi, Finland
Died6 October 1941(1941-10-06) (aged 39)
Mäntysova, East Karelia

BiographyEdit

He was born in Liperi and was killed in action in Mäntysova, East Karelia.

Lappalainen was a part of the Military patrol for Finland that took silver in the 1924 Winter Olympics.

He won the 50 km cross-country skiing event at Holmenkollen ski festival in 1928. As a result of this victory, he became the second non-Norwegian winner of any event run up to that point, behind fellow Finn Anton Collin, who won the 50 km event in 1922.

At the 1928 Winter Olympics he finished seventh in the 18 km event and ninth in the 50 km event.

Four years later he finished fourth in the 18 km event at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. He also participated in the 50 km event but did not finish.

At the 1934 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sollefteå he won a gold in the 4 × 10 km relay and a bronze in the 18 km.[1]

He was killed in action during World War II.[2]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[3]

Olympic GamesEdit

 Year   Age   18 km   50 km 
1928 25 7 9
1932 29 4 DNF

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 2 medals – (1 gold, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   17 km  18 km  30 km  50 km  4 × 10 km 
 relay 
1926 23 N/A N/A 6 N/A
1930 27 6 N/A N/A 4 N/A
1934 31 N/A Bronze N/A Gold
1938 35 N/A N/A 39

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Olympic Review. International Olympic Committee (195–206): 85. 1984. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  3. ^ "LAPPALAINEN Martti". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 29 January 2020.

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