Vello Kaaristo

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Vello Kaaristo in 1936.

Vello Kaaristo (before 1936 Vassili Krassikov; 17 March 1911 in Narva – 14 August 1965) was the first Estonian cross-country skier to compete in the Olympics. At the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen he placed 30th in the 18 km event with the time of 1'25:11, and 23rd in the 50 km event with the time of 4'02:52.

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Estonia Republic in Northern Europe

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Sweden competed at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

United States at the 1936 Winter Olympics

The United States competed at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

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Austria at the 1936 Winter Olympics

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Italy at the 1936 Winter Olympics

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