Paavo Lonkila

Paavo Lonkila
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Personal information
Born(1923-01-11)11 January 1923
Kiuruvesi, Finland
Died22 September 2017(2017-09-22) (aged 94)
Kiuruvesi, Finland
Height157 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Weight53–54 kg (117–119 lb)
SportCross-country skiing
ClubKiuruveden Jänne, Kiuruvesi

Paavo Olavi Lonkila (born Lång on 11 January 1923 – 22 September 2017)[1] was a Finnish cross-country skier. He won a gold medal in the 4×10 km relay at the 1952 Olympics and finished third in the individual 18 km race, 11 seconds behind his teammate Tapio Mäkelä. Earlier his 4×10 km relay team placed second at the 1950 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, where he finished fifth over 18 km. He won the 18 km event at the 1951 Holmenkollen ski festival. Lonkila was a farmer by occupation.[2]


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  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Paavo Lonkila". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.

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