Veli Saarinen

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Veli Saarinen
Medal record
Men's cross country skiing
Olympic Games
Gold 1932 Lake Placid 50 km
Bronze 1932 Lake Placid 18 km
World Championships
Gold 1929 Zakopane 17 km
Gold 1933 Innsbruck 50 km
Gold 1934 Sollefteå 4 x 10 km
Silver 1929 Zakopane 50 km
Silver 1934 Sollefteå 18 km
Bronze 1926 Lahti 30 km

Veli Selim Saarinen (16 September 1902, Martinsaari – 12 October 1969) was a Finnish cross-country skier who competed in the 1920s and 1930s.

He was born in Martinsaari and died in Helsinki.

At the 1928 Winter Olympics he finished fourth in the 18 kilometre event.

Saarinen won a pair of medals at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, earning a gold in the 50 km and a bronze in the 18 km event.

Saarinen's biggest success as a cross-country skier was at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, where he won six medals. This included three golds (1929: 17 km, 1933: 50 km, 1934: 4 x 10 km), two silvers (1929: 50 km, 1934: 18 km), and 1 bronze (1926: 30 km).

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