Veikko Kankkonen

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Veikko Kankkonen
Veikko Kankkonen 1964.jpg
Veikko Kankkonen at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born5 January 1940 (1940-01-05) (age 79)
Sotkamo, Finland
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight75–78 kg (165–172 lb)
SportSki jumping
ClubLahden Hiihtoseura, Lahti

Veikko Kankkonen (born 5 January 1940) is a retired Finnish ski jumper who competed at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics. He won two medals in 1964 with a gold in the individual normal hill and a silver in the individual large hill event. That same year he won the jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival, which also earned him the Holmenkollen medal (shared with Eero Mäntyranta, Georg Thoma, and Halvor Næs). He also won the Four Hills Tournament and served as the flag bearer for Finland at the 1968 Olympics.[1][2]

Besides skiing Kankkonen played baseball for the Maila-Veikot Lahti club in the national championships of 1963–64. He also regularly competed in golf at the national level, with the best result of fourth place. Kankkonen was a turner by trade and later worked as a ski jumping coach. His son Anssi Kankkonen became a professional golfer, but he also competed in ski jumping and won a national title in 1985.[1]


  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Veikko Kankkonen". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ Finland.

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