Finland at the 1928 Winter Olympics

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Finland at the
1928 Winter Olympics
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NOCFinnish Olympic Committee (in Finnish) ‹See Tfd›(in Swedish)
in St. Moritz
Competitors18 (17 men, 1 woman) in 5 sports
Ranked 4th
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Finland competed at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Finland took home 4 medals, all in speed skating. These were won by Clas Thunberg, Julius Skutnabb, and Jaakko Friman. Finland also took second place in the Military Patrol, at that time classed as a demonstration event with no medals.


Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Clas Thunberg Speed skating Men's 500m
 Gold Clas Thunberg Speed skating Men's 1500m
 Silver Julius Skutnabb Speed skating Men's 5000m
 Bronze Jaakko Friman Speed skating Men's 500m

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
18 km Einar Mässeli 1'47:55 13
Ville Mattila 1'44:37 10
Martti Lappalainen 1'41:59 7
Veli Saarinen 1'40:57 4
50 km Matti Raivio DNF
Adiel Paananen DNF
Martti Lappalainen 5'30:09 9
Tauno Lappalainen 5'18:33 6

Figure skating[edit]

Athlete Event CF FS Places Points Final rank
Marcus Nikkanen Men's singles 4 8 46 1480.00 6
Athletes Points Score Final rank
Ludowika Jakobsson
Walter Jakobsson
51 84.00 5

Nordic combined[edit]


  • 18 km cross-country skiing
  • normal hill ski jumping

The cross-country skiing part of this event was combined with the main medal event of cross-country skiing. Those results can be found above in this article in the cross-country skiing section. Some athletes (but not all) entered in both the cross-country skiing and Nordic combined event, their time on the 18 km was used for both events. One would expect that athletes competing at the Nordic combined event, would participate in the cross-country skiing event as well, as they would have the opportunity to win more than one medal. This was not always the case due to the maximum number of athletes that could represent a country per event.

The ski jumping (normal hill) event was held separate from the main medal event of ski jumping, results can be found in the table below.

Athlete Event Cross-country Ski Jumping Total
Time Points Rank Distance 1 Distance 2 Total points Rank Points Rank
Paavo Nuotio Individual 1'48:46 14.125 4 52.5 52.5 15.729 7 14.927 4
Esko Järvinen 1'46:23 15.375 3 46.0 48.0 14.426 16 14.810 5

Ski jumping[edit]

Athlete Event Jump 1 (Dist.) Jump 2 (Dist.) Total
Points Rank
Esko Järvinen Normal hill 45.0 47.5 13.978 22
Paavo Nuotio 50.0 56.0 15.833 12

Speed skating[edit]

Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Toivo Ovaska 45.2 11
Bertel Backman 44.4 8
Jaakko Friman 43.6 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Clas Thunberg 43.4 OR 1st, gold medalist(s)
1500 m Bertel Backman DNF
Toivo Ovaska 2:29.3 15
Clas Thunberg 2:21.1 1st, gold medalist(s)
5000 m Bertel Backman 9:14.0 13
Clas Thunberg 9:11.8 12
Ossi Blomqvist 9:09.9 10
Julius Skutnabb 8:59.1 2nd, silver medalist(s)


  • Comité Olympique Suisse (1928). Résultats des Concours des IImes Jeux Olympiques d'hiver (PDF) (in French). Lausanne: Imprimerie du Léman. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  • "Olympic Medal Winners". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  • Olympic Winter Games 1928, full results by