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Harri Kirvesniemi

Full name: Harri Tapani Kirvesniemi
Nickname(s): Hartsu, Hartsa, Pomo
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: May 10, 1958 in Mikkeli, Etelä-Savo, Finland
Affiliations: Mikkelin Hiihtäjät, Mikkeli (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Husband of Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen; Uncle of Manuela Bosco.

Medals: 6 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Harri Kirvesniemi had a very long career, over 20 years, as a competitive skier, but his career ended unexpectedly after the 2001 World Championships with a doping scandal. During his long career Kirvesniemi competed in six Winter Olympics between 1980 and 1998 and won a relay bronze at every Olympics except 1988 Calgary. He won his sixth Olympic bronze in the 15 km at the 1984 Olympics. With his six Olympic bronzes he shares a record of most Olympic bronzes with Heikki Savolainen, Aleksey Nemov and Franziska van Almsick, but they have won other Olympic medals as well. Kirvesniemi also competed at every World Championships between 1982 and 2001. His only title came in 1989, when he won the 15 km classical race. At the Worlds, he also won three silvers in the relay (1989, 1995, 1997) and four bronzes (1982 in the 15 km and relay, 1985 in the 30 km and 1991 in the relay). Kirvesniemi also won two bronzes at the 1981-82 and 1983-84 World Cup. Kirvesniemi made his last international appearance at the 2001 World Championships, where he was fourth in the 15 km classical race and also was a member of the Finnish relay team that finished first, but which was disqualified because Janne Immonen had tested positive for doping. After the World Championships, it was revealed that several other Finnish skiers, including Kirvesniemi, had tested positive for erythropoietin. Kirvesniemi was awarded the Holmenkollen Medal in 1998. In 1984 Kirvesniemi married the well-known cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen. After his sporting career ended Kirvesniemi has worked as the product manager with Karhu Sports.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Winter 21 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Finland FIN 8
1980 Winter 21 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Finland FIN 18
1980 Winter 21 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Finland FIN 7
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Finland FIN 4
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres Finland FIN 8
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Finland FIN 9
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Finland FIN 22
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 8
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Men's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 6
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Finland FIN 10
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Men's 10/15 kilometres Pursuit Finland FIN 11
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Men's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 9
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Finland FIN 12
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1998 Winter 39 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Men's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 13
1998 Winter 39 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Finland FIN 6
1998 Winter 39 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 3 Bronze

Men's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 6 28:23.3 3:37.4 11 14:50.8 7
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 9 25:13.2 4:38.3 9 14:19.3 9
1998 Winter 39 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 13 28:22.5 4:53.6 6 17:41.0 8

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1980 Winter 21 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 8 43:02.01 13:46.86 10 26:30.06 7
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 3 41:45.6 17:48.7 1 30:00.8 2
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 8 42:42.8 13:25.7 11 29:02.8 4

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1980 Winter 21 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 18 1-31:35.13 29:35.29 15 46:26.46 16 1-00:30.72 19
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 7 1-31:37.4 21:53.4 5 44:47.7 6 1-08:05.3 7
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 9 1-26:59.6 28:02.2 10 57:14.3 9
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 10 1-25:28.5 5:14.6 4 24:46.6 6 41:56.7 8 1-08:16.3 9
1998 Winter 39 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 6 1-37:45.9 5:46.3 14 39:17.5 12 1-17:05.0 7

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R I6T I6R
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 4 2-18:34.1 22:51.5 6 56:17.1 7 1-32:37.1 5 2-05:43.3 4
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 22 2-11:41.8 37:27.9 31 1-05:15.3 27 1-43:27.6 22
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 12 2-11:19.3 4:45.1 7 27:35.6 11 42:29.6 12 1-11:23.2 12 1-26:46.4 12 2-04:46.5 12

Men's 10/15 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 11 40:34.4 +0:47 39:47.4 31

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1980 Winter 21 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 3 31:17.45 31:17.45 8
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 3 28:35.0 1-27:32.8 4
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 8 26:43.8 55:08.4 14
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 3 25:01.4 50:27.3 2
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 3 26:04.4 52:08.0 3
1998 Winter 39 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 3 26:01.7 26:01.7 3
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