Hakulinen in 1959
|Full name||Veikko Johannes Hakulinen|
|Born||4 January 1925|
|Died||24 October 2003 (aged 78)|
|Height||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||66 kg (146 lb)|
|Sport||Cross country skiing, biathlon|
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.
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.
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).
- 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
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)
Media related to Veikko Hakulinen at Wikimedia Commons
- Veikko Hakulinen at the International Ski Federation
- Holmenkollen medalists – click Holmenkollmedaljen for downloadable pdf file (in Norwegian)
- Holmenkollen winners since 1892 – click Vinnere for downloadable pdf file (in Norwegian)