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Veli Saarinen
Finnish cross-country skier

Veli Saarinen

Veli Saarinen
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Intro Finnish cross-country skier
Was Cross-country skier
From Finland
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 16 September 1902, Virolahti, Finland
Death 12 October 1969, Helsinki, Finland (aged 67 years)
Star sign Virgo
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 65 kg
The details (from wikipedia)


Veli Selim Saarinen (16 September 1902 – 12 October 1969) was a Finnish cross-country skier who competed in the 1928 and 1932 Olympics.

In 1928 he finished fourth in the 18 km event. Four years later he won a gold in the 50 km and a bronze in the 18 km event, becoming the first Finnish cross-country skier to win an Olympic gold medal. Yet his biggest success came at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, where he won six medals between 1926 and 1934, including three gold medals.

Domestically Saarinen won only two titles, over 50 km in 1930–31. In 1934 he retired from competitions and later coached the German (1934–1937) and Finnish (1937–1968) national cross-country skiing teams. In 1947–1968 he also served as a chief executive of the Finnish Skiing Federation.

Cross-country skiing results

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).

Olympic Games

  • 2 medals – (1 gold, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   18 km   50 km 
1928 25 4
1932 29 Bronze Gold

World Championships

  • 6 medals – (3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   17 km  18 km  30 km  50 km  4 × 10 km 
1926 23 N/A N/A Bronze 9 N/A
1929 26 Gold N/A N/A Silver N/A
1930 27 5 N/A N/A 6 N/A
1933 30 N/A 4 N/A Gold
1934 31 N/A Silver N/A Gold
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