Voldemar Väli

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Voldemar Väli
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Voldemar Väli at the 1928 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1903-01-10)10 January 1903
Kuressaare, Estonia
Died 13 April 1997(1997-04-13) (aged 94)
Stockholm, Sweden
Sport Greco-Roman wrestling

Voldemar Väli (10 January 1903 – 13 April 1997) was an Estonian two-time Olympic medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling.[1]

Väli started training in wrestling at age 17, and four years later competed at the 1924 Olympics, but was eliminated in a preliminary bout. In 1926 he won his first European title and established himself as a world top featherweight and later lightweight wrestler. He missed the 1932 Olympics because Estonia did not send a team due to the Great Depression, and finished out of the podium at the 1933, 1934, 1937 and 1938 European Championships; however, he earned a bronze at the 1936 Olympics. Domestically he won 19 titles between 1922 and 1942 in Greco-Roman and freestyle events. After 1942, in the midst of World War II, he emigrated with family to Sweden.[1] He ended his sporting career in 1945 after a match between the local Estonians and the team from Stockholm. He beat the Swedish champion Einar Karlsson.

Väli worked a crane operator at the Port of Tallinn.[1] In Sweden, he was a metal worker and later established a doll factory with his wife.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Voldemar Väli Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 21 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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