Veikko HAKULINEN

Finland FIN

Cross-Country

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
    3 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Innsbruck 1964
  • Year of Birth
    1925
Olympic Results

Biography

Veikko HAKULINEN

Cross-country skier Veikko Hakulinen earned seven Olympic medals, including three gold medals, each of which he won in a different event and in a different year.

Long distance champion

In 1952 he entered only one race, the 50km, but he won that one by 4 minutes 38 seconds. At the 1956 Winter Games, a new event was added: the 30km race. Hakulinen won by 24 seconds. He also finished fourth in the 15km event and earned silver medals in both the 50km and the 4x10km relay.

Olympic champion at 35

By the time of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Hakulinen was 35 years old. He began quietly, placing sixth in the 30km and taking the bronze medal in the 15km. Two days later he staged his most memorable Olympic exploit. As the anchor of the Finnish relay team, Hakulinen took off 20 seconds after Norway's Hakon Brusveen, who had won the 15km race. With two kilometres to go in the relay, Hakulinen overhauled Brusveen, but the Norwegian pulled back into the lead. One hundred metres from the finish line, Hakulinen made his final move. Edging ahead in the last strides, he won by one metre. In his final Olympic appearance, two days after the relay, Hakulinen earned a silver medal in the 50km race.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1964

#15
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Biathlon
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Squaw Valley 1960

B
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#6
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
S
50 kilometres
50 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
G
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956

#4
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
G
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
S
50 kilometres
50 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
S
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Oslo 1952

G
50 kilometres
50 kilometres Cross Country Skiing