November 9, 2003 by

Veikko Hakulinen

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Veikko Hakulinen, a Finnish cross-country skiing champion who won seven Olympic medals, died on Oct. 25 after being hit by a car. He was 78.
Hakulinen represented Finland in four Olympic games — 1952, 1956, 1960 and 1964 — and won three golds, three silvers and one bronze medal.
In 1952, he entered the 50km race and won by 4 minutes 38 seconds. At the 1956 Winter Games, he competed in the 30km race and triumphed over his competitors by 24 seconds. He also earned silver medals in the 50km and the 4x10km relay.
By the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics, Hakulinen was 35 years old, but he didn’t let his age slow him down. Instead, he won the bronze medal in the 15km, and earned a gold in the 4x10km relay. In his final Olympic appearance, he earned a silver medal in the 50km race. He also won seven medals at the World Cross-Country Championships.

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