Julius Skutnabb

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Olympic medal record
Representing  Finland
Men’s Speed skating
Silver medal – second place 1924 Chamonix 5,000 m
Gold medal – first place 1924 Chamonix 10,000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1924 Chamonix Allround
Silver medal – second place 1928 St. Moritz 5,000 m
Julius Skutnabb

Julius Ferninand Skutnabb (12 June 1889 – 26 February 1965) was a Finnish speed skater who won several Olympic medals. He was born in Helsinki and died there as well.

Julius Skutnabb, a fireman, made his international debut at the World Allround Championships in 1914, but his promising career on an international level was promptly interrupted by World War I. He kept skating on a national level, though, becoming Finnish Allround Champion in 1914, 1916, and 1917. International competition resumed in 1922 and Skutnabb, already 32 years old, finished fifth at the World Allround Championships that year. After finishing sixth in those championships the following year, his best year came in 1924.

At the 1924 Winter Olympics of Chamonix, he first won silver on the 5,000 m behind compatriot Clas Thunberg and the next day, he became Olympic Champion on the 10,000 m, while Thunberg took silver. Since these were the first Winter Olympics to be held, his 10,000 m time automatically was the Olympic record. These performances, combined with his 500 m and 1,500 m times during those Olympics, were good enough for a third place in the allround competition (which was also an Olympic speed skating event – for the only time – that year), and Skutnabb returned home with three medals – one of each colour.

Later that same year, Skutnabb won bronze at the 1924 World Allround Championships and in 1926, he became European Allround Champion. Skutnabb participated in the Winter Olympics again in 1928 and he managed to win his second 5,000 m Olympic silver medal (this time behind Ivar Ballangrud) at the age of 38 years and 246 days.


An overview of medals won by Skutnabb at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1924 (10,000 m) 1924 (5,000 m)
1928 (5,000 m)
1924 (Allround)
World Allround 1924
European Allround 1926
Finnish Allround 1914