Veikko Hakulinen

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Veikko Hakulinen
Veikko Hakulinen 1959.jpg
Hakulinen in 1959
Personal information
Full nameVeikko Johannes Hakulinen
Born4 January 1925
Kurkijoki, Finland
Died24 October 2003 (aged 78)
Valkeakoski, Finland
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
SportCross country skiing, biathlon
ClubAsikkalan Raikas
Valkeakosken Haka
Jämsänkosken Ilves
Evon Metsäpojat
Tampereen Hiihtoseura
Tampereen Pyrintö
Tampereen Maila.

Veikko Johannes Hakulinen (4 January 1925 – 24 October 2003) was a Finnish cross country skier, triple champion in both the Olympics and world championships. He also competed in biathlon, orienteering, ski-orienteering, cross-country running and rowing at a national level.[1]


Hakulinen won the 50 km event at the 1952 Winter Olympics with a memorable time of 3:33.33. Finland also won the 4×10 km relay, but Hakulinen was not on the team. Hakulinen was part of the Finland's winning relay team in the 1960 Winter Olympics, and won the 30 km gold in the 1956 Olympics. At his fourth games in 1964 he served as the Finnish Olympic flag bearer and competed only in biathlon.[1][2]

In Finland, Hakulinen was chosen as sports personality of the year in 1952–1954 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 was a forester by profession and held the rank of sergeant in the Finnish Army. He died in Valkeakoski in a car accident on 24 October 2003.[1][3]


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.


  • 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)


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


  1. ^ a b c Veikko Hakulinen.
  2. ^ Finland.
  3. ^ "Veikko Hakulinen Dies in Road Accident Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine", Finnish Olympic Committee, 28 October 2003

External links[edit]

Media related to Veikko Hakulinen at Wikimedia Commons