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Harri Kirvesniemi Biography

King And Queen Of Finnish Skiing, The Doping Scandal, The End Of A Great CareerCONTACT INFORMATION


Finnish cross-country skier

Harri Kirvesniemi

Harri Kirvesniemi and his wife, Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen, were the best cross-country skiers in Finland for many years. Hämäläinen was the more successful of the pair in terms of first-place finishes, but both consistently finished in the top five in international events for about twenty years. Hämäläinen retired in the mid-1990s, still a Finnish hero, but the end of Kirvesniemi's career was marred when he was caught up in a doping scandal involving several members of the Finnish national team in 2001.


Address: Suksitie 50, FIN-56800 Simpele, Finland.

Sketch by Julia Bauder

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