Veikko Hakulinen

Veikko Johannes Hakulinen (4 January 1925 – 24 October 2003) was a Finnish cross-country skier, triple champion in both the Olympics and World Championships. He also competed in biathlon, orienteering, ski-orienteering, cross-country running, and rowing at a national level.[1]

Veikko Hakulinen
Veikko Hakulinen 1959.jpg
Hakulinen in 1959
Personal information
Full nameVeikko Johannes Hakulinen
Born4 January 1925
Kurkijoki, Finland
Died24 October 2003 (aged 78)
Valkeakoski, Finland
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
SportCross-country skiing, biathlon
ClubAsikkalan Raikas
Valkeakosken Haka
Jämsänkosken Ilves
Evon Metsäpojat
Tampereen Hiihtoseura
Tampereen Pyrintö
Tampereen Maila.
Medal record
Representing  Finland
Men's cross-country skiing
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1952 Oslo 50 km
Gold medal – first place 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo 30 km
Gold medal – first place 1960 Squaw Valley 4 × 10 km relay
Silver medal – second place 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo 50 km
Silver medal – second place 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo 4 × 10 km relay
Silver medal – second place 1960 Squaw Valley 50 km
Bronze medal – third place 1960 Squaw Valley 15 km
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1954 Falun 15 km
Gold medal – first place 1954 Falun 4 × 10 km relay
Gold medal – first place 1958 Lahti 15 km
Silver medal – second place 1954 Falun 30 km
Silver medal – second place 1954 Falun 50 km
Silver medal – second place 1958 Lahti 50 km
Bronze medal – third place 1958 Lahti 4 × 10 km relay
Men's biathlon
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1963 Seefeld 20 km team

BiographyEdit

Hakulinen won the 50 km event at the 1952 Winter Olympics with a memorable time of 3:33.33. Finland also won the 4 × 10 km relay, but Hakulinen was not on the team. Hakulinen was part of the Finland's winning relay team in the 1960 Winter Olympics, and won the 30 km gold in the 1956 Olympics. At his fourth games in 1964 he served as the Finnish Olympic flag bearer and competed only in biathlon.[1][2]

In Finland, Hakulinen was chosen as sports personality of the year in 1952–1954 and 1960. He was decorated with the Pro Urheilu letter of recognition 2000.

Hakulinen also won the 50 km at the Holmenkollen ski festival twice (1953 and 1955), the 18 km (1953) and the 15 km (1957). For his efforts in cross-country skiing, Hakulinen was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1955 (shared with King Haakon VII, Hallgeir Brenden, and Sverre Stenersen).

Hakulinen was a forester by profession and held the rank of sergeant in the Finnish Army. He died in Valkeakoski in a car accident on 24 October 2003.[1][3]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[4]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 7 medals – (3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   15 km   18 km   30 km   50 km   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
1952 27 Gold
1956 31 4 Gold Silver Silver
1960 35 Bronze 6 Silver Gold

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 7 medals – (3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   15 km   30 km   50 km   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
1954 29 Gold Silver Silver Gold
1958 33 Gold 6 Silver Bronze

Biathlon resultsEdit

  • World championships, Seefeld 1963 – silver (team competition), sixth (20 km)
  • Olympics, Innsbruck 1964 – 15th (20 km)
  • World championships, Elverum 1965 – fifth (team competition), 31st (20 km)

BibliographyEdit

  • Hakulinen, Veikko. Haku-Veikko, suurhiihtäjä Veikko Hakulisen muistelmat 1999 (an autobiography)
  • Kolkka, Sulo. Veikko Hakulinen, latujen valtias 1960 (biography)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Veikko Hakulinen". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Finland". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Veikko Hakulinen Dies in Road Accident Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine", Finnish Olympic Committee, 28 October 2003
  4. ^ "HAKULINEN Veikko". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 19 January 2020.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Veikko Hakulinen at Wikimedia Commons