Walter Jakobsson

Walter Andreas Jakobsson (6 February 1882 – 10 June 1957) was a Finnish figure skater, and the oldest figure skating Olympic champion (at age 38). As a single skater, he won the Finnish national championship in 1910 and 1911. In 1910, he partnered with German figure skater Ludowika Eilers. As pairs skaters, they won the World Championship in 1911, 1914, and 1923, and the Olympic gold in 1920. They finished second at the 1924 Olympics and fifth in 1928.[1]

Walter Jakobsson
Ludowika and Walter Jakobsson
Personal information
Country represented Finland
Born(1882-02-06)6 February 1882
Helsinki, Finland
Died10 June 1957(1957-06-10) (aged 75)
Zürich, Switzerland
Former partnerLudowika Jakobsson

Jakobsson studied engineering in Berlin, where he met Eilers in 1907. They married in 1911, and in 1916 moved to Helsinki, where Jakobsson got a job of the technical director of Kone OY (now Konecranes), a leading manufacturers of cranes. He held that post until retiring in 1947. He was also an amateur photographer and member of the Fotografiamatörklubben i Helsingfors (Helsinki Amateur photography Club). His specialty was dark city scenes with special light effects like rain or mist.[1]


Pairs with Ludowika Jakobsson-Eilers

Event 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1928
Winter Olympics1st2nd5th
World Championships2nd1st2nd2nd1st2nd1st
Nordic Championships1st1st
Finnish Championships1st1st

Men's singles

Event 1910 1911
Finnish Championships1st1st


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