Heikki Ikola

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Heikki Ikola
Personal information
Full name Heikki Johannes Ikola
Nickname(s) Hessu
Born (1947-09-09) 9 September 1947 (age 69)
Jurva, Finland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
World Cup debut 13 January 1978
Olympic Games
Teams 3 (1972, 1976, 1980)
Medals 3 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams 10 (1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982)
Medals 7 (4 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 5 (1977/78–1981/82)
Individual victories 1
Individual podiums 2

Heikki Johannes Ikola (born 9 September 1947) is a Finnish former biathlete. Together with his countryman Juhani Suutarinen he became dominant in the 1970s and the early 1980s. In 1975 he became double world champion in both the 20 km and the relay. He also won the sprint title in 1977 and 1981.

Nowadays Ikola works as a commentator for Finnish channel Yle.

Biathlon results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[1]

Olympic Games[edit]

3 medals (3 silver)

Event Individual Sprint Relay
Japan 1972 Sapporo N/A Silver
Austria 1976 Innsbruck Silver N/A Silver
United States 1980 Lake Placid 18th
*Sprint was added as an event in 1980.

World Championships[edit]

7 medals (4 gold, 3 silver)

Event Individual Sprint Relay
Finland 1971 Hämeenlinna 10th N/A 4th
United States 1973 Lake Placid 11th N/A 4th
Soviet Union 1974 Minsk 4th 13th Silver
Italy 1975 Antholz-Anterselva Gold 4th Gold
Italy 1976 Antholz-Anterselva N/A 4th N/A
Norway 1977 Lillehammer Gold 5th Silver
Austria 1978 Hochfilzen 4th
West Germany 1979 Ruhpolding 7th DNF Silver
Finland 1981 Lahti Gold 9th 6th
Soviet Union 1982 Minsk 26th 16th
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**Sprint was added as an event in 1974.

Individual victories[edit]

1 victory (1 In)

Season Date Location Discipline Level
1 victory
(1 In)
12 February 1981 Finland Lahti 20 km individual Biathlon World Championships
*Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.


  1. ^ "Search results". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 

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