Olavi Alakulppi in the Continuation War.
|Men's cross country skiing|
|Gold||1939 Zakopane||4 x 10 km|
Olavi Alakulppi (July 17, 1915, Rovaniemen maalaiskunta – August 19, 1990) was a Finnish cross country skier who competed in the 1930s. During the Russo-Finnish Continuation War, he served in the Finnish army, and was awarded the Mannerheim Cross. After the Second World War, he made a career in the United States Army.
In 1945, in order to evade prosecution for his involvement in the Weapons Cache Case, he skied to Sweden and arranged for his wife Eevi, their son Vesa, and him to travel to the United States where he joined the United States Army. Vesa Juhani Alakulppi eventually followed his father into the army and was killed in action during the Vietnam War.
Alakulppi retired from the US Army in 1968 as a lieutenant-colonel. He died in 1990, and is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery.
- He became one of the ex-Finnish officers associated with Colonel Alpo K. Marttinen, known as "The Marttinen Men". See: Gill III, Henry A. (1998). "Appendix II Aftermath: Marttinen's Men". Soldier Under Three Flags. Ventura, CA: Pathfinder Publishing. pp. 187–193. ISBN 0934793654. OCLC 38468782.
- Vesa Alakulppi, CPT, Army, Seattle WA, 14May68 60E007 - The Virtual Wall
- Elviksen nahkatakki löytyi Sallasta, YLE Uutiset
- World Championship results (German)
- Finnish Skiers - Olympic and World Championship Results (Finnish)
- Olavi Alakulppi at Find a Grave
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