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Mirja Hietamies

Full name: Mirja Kyllikki Hietamies (-Eteläpää)
Nickname(s): Mirkku
Gender: Female
Height: 5'4" (162 cm)
Weight: 52-54 kg
Born: January 7, 1931 in Lemi, Etelä-Karjala, Finland
Died: March 14, 2013 in Savitaipale, Etelä-Karjala, Finland
Affiliations: Lemin Eskot, Lemi (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Mirja Hietamies’ first big accomplishment as a cross-country skier came in 1951, when she won a silver in the 10 km at Holmenkollen. At the 1952 Winter Olympics, she won a silver at 10 km, the first time women competed at the Olympics in cross-country skiing. At the 1954 World Championships Hietamies won bronze in the 10 km and silver in the relay and made her last international appearance at the 1956 Winter Olympics, where she won gold in the relay and was sixth over 10 km. Domestically Hietamies won Finnish titles in the 10 km in 1953 and 1956 and took bronze in 1952. In 1954 and 1955 she also won the 10 km race at both the Lahti Ski games and in Ounasvaara, being selected as Finland’s 1955 female athlete of the year. After her sporting career Hietamies worked as a member of the board with the Finnish Skiing Federation from 1965-67.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 2 Silver
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 6
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 1 Gold

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1952 Winter 21 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 2 42:39 24:00 2
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 6 40:18

Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1956 Winter 25 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 1 22:20 45:42 2