Helena Takalo

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Helena Takalo
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Born October 28, 1947

Anni Helena Takalo (born October 28, 1947 in Nivala) is a former Finnish cross country skier. She was a part in dominating 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 x 5 km (both 1978), and bronzes in 3 x 5 km (1970), 10 km (1974), and 20 km (1978).).

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).

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