Julius Skutnabb, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Julius Skutnabb

speed skater

Date of Birth: 12-Jun-1889

Place of Birth: Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

Date of Death: 26-Feb-1965

Profession: firefighter, speed skater

Nationality: Finland

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Julius Skutnabb

  • Julius Ferninand Skutnabb (12 June 1889 – 26 February 1965) was a Finnish speed skater.
  • A fireman by profession, he made his international debut at the World Allround Championships in 1914, but his international career was interrupted by World War I.
  • He kept competing nationally, becoming the Finnish Allround Champion in 1914, 1916, and 1917.
  • International activity resumed in 1922 and Skutnabb, already 32 years old, finished fifth at the World Allround Championships that year.
  • After placing sixth at the world championships the following year, his best year came in 1924.At the 1924 Winter Olympics of Chamonix, he first won silver on the 5,000 m behind compatriot Clas Thunberg; the next day he became Olympic Champion on the 10,000 m, while Thunberg took silver.
  • Since these were the first Winter Olympics to be held, his 10,000 m time automatically was the Olympic record.
  • These performances, combined with his 500 m and 1,500 m times during those Olympics, were good enough for a third place in the allround competition (which was also an Olympic speed skating event, but only in 1924), and Skutnabb returned home with three medals – one of each colour.
  • Later in 1924 Skutnabb won a bronze medal at the World Allround Championships, and in 1926 he became European Allround Champion.
  • Skutnabb participated in the 1928 Winter Olympics and won his second 5,000 m Olympic silver medal (this time behind Ivar Ballangrud) at the age of 38 years and 246 days.

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