Tapio Valfrid Mäkelä was born on October 12, 1926, and died on May 12, 2016.
He was a Finnish former cross-country skier.
Tapio Mäkelä competed in the 1950s.
Tapio Mäkelä won the 4 x 10 km gold and the 18 km silver at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo.
He also won a gold in the 4 x 10 km relay at the 1954 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
Tapio Mäkelä passed away at 89 yrs old.