Veikko Hakulinen

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Veikko Hakulinen
Medal record
Men's cross country skiing
Competitor for  Finland
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 x 10 km
Silver medal – second place 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo 50 km
Silver medal – second place 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo 4 x 10 km
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 x 10 km
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 x 10 km
Men's biathlon
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1963 Seefeld 20 km team
Veikko Hakulinen

Veikko Johannes Hakulinen (4 January 1925 – 24 October 2003) was a Finnish forestry technician and cross country skier, triple champion in both the olympics and world championship competition in cross country skiing. Besides his main forte, he also competed in biathlon, orienteering, ski-orienteering, cross country running and rowing at a national level and continued in senior competition.

Biography[edit]

Hakulinen was born in Kurkijoki (now part of the Republic of Karelia), Viipuri Province and died in Valkeakoski after a traffic accident.

Sports teams Hakulinen has represented in his career include Asikkalan Raikas, Valkeakosken Haka, Jämsänkosken Ilves, Evon Metsäpojat, Tampereen Hiihtoseura, Tampereen Pyrintö and Tampereen Maila.

In the 1952 Winter Olympics, Hakulinen won the 50 km gold with the legendary and memorable time of 3:33.33. Finland also won gold in the 4 x 10 km relay, ahead of Norway, but Hakulinen was not on the team (which had Heikki Hasu, Paavo Lonkila, Urpo Korhonen, and Tapio Mäkelä). Hakulinen was however on Finland's winning relay team in the 1960 Winter Olympics, and won the 30 km gold in the 1956 Winter Olympics. His fourth Olympics were the 1964 Winter Olympics, where he competed as a biathloner.

In Finland, Hakulinen was chosen sports personality of the year in the years 1952, 1953, 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's military rank was sergeant. He died in Valkeakoski in a car accident on 24 October 2003.[1]

Accomplishments[edit]

World Championships[edit]

  • Falun 1954 - 2 gold (15 km, relay) and 2 silver (30 km and 50 km)
  • Lahti 1958 - gold (15 km), silver (50 km) and bronze (relay)

National level competition[edit]

National championships 4 in years inclusive 1954-1963 National championships in the 4 x 10 km team relay event 5 times in within 1954-1964.

Biathlon[edit]

  • 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)

Bibliography[edit]

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

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Veikko Hakulinen at Wikimedia Commons