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Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen

Full name: Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen
Nickname(s): Maisa
Gender: Female
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 65-72 kg
Born: September 10, 1955 in Simpele, Rautjärvi, Etelä-Karjala, Finland
Affiliations: Simpeleen Urheilijat, Simpele (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Wife of Harri Kirvesniemi.

Medals: 3 Gold, 4 Bronze (7 Total)

Biography

After competing without distinction at the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen achieved unprecedented success at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games. With victories in the 5, 10 and 20 km races she became the first woman to win three gold medals for Nordic skiing at one Winter Games. After her triple victory in 1984 she married Harri Kirvesniemi, himself an Olympic bronze medalist. She also won a bronze medal in the relay in 1984 and won her second relay bronze in 1988 but illness prevented her from adding to her medal tally at her fifth Olympics in 1992. At the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, she finished her Olympic career with bronze medals in both the 5 and 30 km races, giving her a total of seven Olympic medals. Hämäläinen-Kirvesniemi was the first woman to have competed in six Olympic Winter Games. At the World Championships, she won eight medals as follows: gold – 1978 and 1989 relay, 1989 10 km; silver – 1985 5 and 10K, 1989 15 km, 1991 5 km, 1993 15 km. In 1989 Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen won her only Holmenkollen title in the 20 km race, and was awarded the Holmenkollen Medal that same year. She also won the World Cup in 1982-83 and 1983-84 and won a bronze in 1987-88. At the Finnish Championships, Hämäläinen-Kirvesniemi won 30 titles and 46 medals and was named the 1984 Finnish Athlete of the Year and the Finnish Female Athlete of the Year in 1985 and 1991. After her sporting career ended, Hämäläinen-Kirvesniemi suffered with clinical depression, but she announced in 2009 that she will be opening a biomedical facility in her hometown of Simpele.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 22
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Finland FIN 19
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 18
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 5
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Finland FIN 1 Gold
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 1 Gold
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Women's 20 kilometres Finland FIN 1 Gold
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1988 Winter 32 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Finland FIN 5
1988 Winter 32 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 9
1988 Winter 32 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Women's 20 kilometres Finland FIN 11
1988 Winter 32 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1992 Winter 36 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Finland FIN 31
1992 Winter 36 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Finland FIN 6
1992 Winter 36 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 4
1994 Winter 38 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 38 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 30 kilometres Finland FIN 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 38 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit Finland FIN 13
1994 Winter 38 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 4

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 19 15:58.27
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 1 17:04.0 8:40.9 1
1988 Winter 32 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 5 15:16.7 9:31.2 1
1992 Winter 36 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 31 15:33.2 5:44.9 1
1994 Winter 38 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 3 14:36.0 5:54.4 2

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1976 Winter 20 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 22 32:37.72 17:35.05 18
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 18 32:22.88 17:34.92 19
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 1 31:44.2 18:05.9 1 25:30.3 1
1988 Winter 32 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 9 30:57.0 15:14.1 4 22:52.4 5

Women's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1992 Winter 36 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 6 44:02.7 5:44.6 3 23:16.3 2

Women's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 1 1-01:45.0 12:35.7 3 30:37.9 1 43:27.1 1
1988 Winter 32 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 11 58:45.6 16:55.7 22 29:08.1 17 46:32.5 12

Women's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R
1994 Winter 38 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 3 1-26:13.6 5:14.2 2 25:31.9 3 35:11.7 2 42:30.2 2 1-09:17.5 3

Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
1994 Winter 38 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 13 29:49.6 +0:28 29:21.6 21

Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1980 Winter 24 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 5 16:17.13 33:10.08 6
1984 Winter 28 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 3 16:15.9 1-07:36.7 3
1988 Winter 32 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 3 15:22.1 31:08.1 3
1992 Winter 36 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 4 15:49.9 15:49.9 7
1994 Winter 38 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 4 14:41.0 30:01.1 3
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