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Harri Kirvesniemi

The End Of A Great Career

Kirvesniemi had long been considered the "grand old man of Finnish cross-country skiing," as one Web site put it, and the revelation that he had been involved in doping stunned the Finnish public. His twenty years of training and his numerous hard-fought races were immediately discounted in millions of eyes. Plus, if even someone as respected as Kirvesniemi could cheat, "[m]any people wonder if there are any clean athletes left in our sport," Jay Tegeder wrote on Adelsman's Cross-Country Ski Page. "[T]here are no winners when our heroes have been found to be fallible."


1958 Born May 10 in Mikkeli, Finland
1977 Graduates from high school
1977-78 Spends eleven months in the Finnish army
1978 Meets future wife, Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen, at a ski camp
1980 Begins studying for a Master of Sport degree at the University of Yveskyla
1983 Hämäläinen wins World Cup championship
1984 Hämäläinen wins three Olympic gold skiing medals
1985 First daughter, Elisa, born
1994 Hämäläinen becomes only woman to have competed in six Winter Olympics
2001 Implicated in Finnish ski team doping scandal
2001 Retires from competitive skiing

Awards and Accomplishments

1998 Sets a record for number of Olympic bronze medals won in a lifetime by winning sixth bronze in the 4 × 10 kilometer relay

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