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Jalmari Kivenheimo
Jalmari Kivenheimo
Birth: 25 September 1889
Tuusula, Uusimaa Province, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire (now Tuusula, Uusimaa, Finland)
Death: 29 October 1994
Mikkeli, Southern Savonia, Finland
Age: 105 years, 34 days
Country: FinlandFIN

Viktor Jalmar "Jalmari" Kivenheimo (25 September 1889 – 29 October 1994) was a Finnish centenarian who was the oldest known man in Finland at time of his death. He was a gymnast who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics.


Kivenheimo was born in Tuusula, Uusimaa Province, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire (now Tuusula, Uusimaa, Finland) on 25 September 1889.

During the 1912 Summer Olympics, he was part of the Finnish team, which won the silver medal in the gymnastics men's team, free system event.

Kivenheimo graduated from the University of Helsinki with a specialization in biology, in 1948 he defended his doctoral dissertation in botany there.

Between 1920 and 1957, he taught geography, natural science and agricultural sciences at the teacher training school in Rauma.

From the early 1980s to the early 1990s, he lived with his daughter's family in Arizona, where he continued jogging and exercising until the age of 103.

He became the oldest known living man in Finland, following the death of 107-year-old Heikki Teravainen on 1 August 1994.

Kivenheimo died in Mikkeli, Southern Savonia, Finland on 29 October 1994 at the age of 105 years, 34 days. As of 2021, he is the longest lived Olympic medalist.

Following his death, then-104-year-old Aleksi Lampen became the oldest known living man in Finland.


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Finland's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Frans StoltAlbin KarttunenMatti RuuskaTuomas AhoHeikki TeravainenJalmari KivenheimoAleksi LampenJuho HanninenTaavetti KolariEemil KayhtyEino TaskinenAntti Kamarainen • Efraim Uusi-Kauppila • Vaino Hanhijoki • Aarne Arvonen • Viljo Kekola • Jussi Leskinen • Vilho Maenpaa • Ragnar LindholmToivo Rantala • Harry Holtti • Kalle Rahomaki • Otto Auloste • Erkki Kivisto • Vaino Loisa • Unidentified (Turku)