HEIKKI IKOLA (b. 9 September 1947)
Heikki Ikola is the most successful Finnish biathlonist of all time. He won three Olympic silver medals and a total of four gold and three silver medals at World Championships.
Soldier by profession, Ikola took his first medal, silver in the relay, at Olympic Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo. Four years later at the Innsbruck Games he finished second in the individual 20-kilometre race and took silver again in the relay. At World Championships Ikola won gold medals in 20 kilometres and relay in Anterselva 1975, gold in 20 kilometres in Lillehammer 1977 and one more gold in the 20 km race in front of home audience in Lahti in 1981.
Ikola was elected Finnish Athlete of the Year in 1975 and 1981.