Veikko Kankkonen

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Veikko Kankkonen at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born 5 January 1940 (1940-01-05) (age 74)
Sotkamo, Finland
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 75–78 kg
Sport
Sport Alpine skiing
Club Lahden Hiihtoseura, Lahti

Veikko Kankkonen (born 5 January 1940) is a Finnish former ski jumper who was active in the 1960s.

Kankkonen won two ski jumping medals at the 1964 Winter Olympics with a gold in the individual normal hill and a silver in the individual large hill. That same year he won the jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival, which also earned him the Holmenkollen medal (Shared with Eero Mäntyranta, Georg Thoma, and Halvor Næs). He also won Four Hills Tournament and qualified for the 1960 and 1968 Olympics, but finished outside the podium.

Besides skiing Kankkonen played baseball for the Maila-Veikot Lahti club in the national championships of 1963–64. He also regularly competed in golf at the national level, with the best result of fourth place. Kankkonen was a turner by trade and later worked as a ski jumping coach. His son Anssi Kankkonen became a professional golfer, but he also competed in ski jumping and won a national title in 1985.

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