A four-time Winter Olympian from Kasilof, Hakkinen was the country’s premier biathlete for more than a decade. His long career included 18 seasons of World Cup racing and 14 World Championships. Hakkinen competed in the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympics, with his best finish coming in 2006 when he placed 10th in the 20-kilometer race. At the 1997 World Junior Championships, Hakkinen became the first American to win a gold medal.