Nordic combined athlete Samppa Lajunen was age 18 when he won silver medals in the individual and team events at the 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games, but much better was to follow four years later.
With a third Nordic combined event, the sprint, added to the 2002 Salt Lake agenda, Lajunen took gold in all three as Finland dominated the sport.
Ski jumper Matti Nykanen won his first gold medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Games in the large hill event. At the 1988 Games in Calgary he became the first ski jumper to ever win two gold medals at the same Olympic Winter Games by taking out the large and normal hill events, and he added a third Calgary gold when Finland won the newly added large hill team event.
When ski jumper Toni Nieminen led Finland to gold in the large hill team event at the 1992 Albertville Games, he became the youngest male to collect a winter Olympic gold medal. At age 16 years and 259 days, he beat the previous record held by US bobsleigh competitor Billy Fiske's by a single day.
Two days later Nieminen recorded the two highest scores of the individual large hill event to also become the youngest man to win an individual winter Olympic event.
Speed skater Julius Skutnabb won a gold medal in the 1924 Chamonix 10,000m event and also claimed a silver and a bronze after competing in every speed skating event on the programme. Aged 38, he returned to compete in just the 5000m at the 1928 St Moritz Games and won silver. In doing so he became, and remains the oldest male speed skater to win an Olympic medal.
Title: Maamme [Our Land]
Creators: Words by Johan Ludvig Runeberg and Paavo Eemil Kajander, music by Fredrik Pacius.
Founding date: 1907
IOC recognition date: 1907
NOC president's name: Risto Nieminen
NOC general secretary’s name: Mika Sulin
IOC member’s name: Peter Tallberg [entry in the IOC: 1976], Saku Antero Koivu [entry in the IOC: 2006]
Participation in Olympic Games
Year of the first appearance: 1924Medals per sport
Number of appearances: 22 [Sochi included]
Medals per year
-: Medals for the Figure Skating and Ice Hockey events at the 1908 and 1920 Olympic Summer Games have been included in the tables