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Mirja Lehtonen

Full name: Mirja Annikki Lehtonen (-Kierros)
Nickname(s): Mirkku
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: October 19, 1942 in Kyynämöinen, Uurainen, Keski-Suomi, Finland
Died: August 25, 2009 in Multia, Keski-Suomi, Finland
Affiliations: Uuraisten Urheilijat, Uurainen (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Mirja Lehtonen was one of the best Finnish female skiers at the start of the 1960s, but she ended her sporting career unexpectedly in 1965, at only 23-years-old. Lehtonen made her international début at the 1962 World Championships, where she won a bronze in the relay and was fifth in both the 5 and 10 km. At the 1964 Olympics, Lehtonen won a silver in the 5 km, only 2.7 seconds behind Soviet Klavdiya Boyarskikh, won another bronze in the relay and was tenth at 10 km. Lehtinen won five Finnish titles, in the 5 km in 1963 and 1964 and in the 10 km from 1961 to 1963. Se also won the 10 km at the Swedish Ski Games in 1961, 1963 and 1965 and the 10 km at the 1962 Lahti Ski Games and the 1962 and 1964 Ounasvaara 10 km titles. She was also selected as the Finnish female athlete of the year in 1961 and 1963. Since 1981 a race named in her honor is held every year in her birthplace of Uurainen.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Finland FIN 2 Silver
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Finland FIN 10
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 3 Bronze

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 2 17:52.9 8:26.7 4

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 10 42:06.9 22:38.9 8

Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1964 Winter 21 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 3 19:19.4 1-02:45.1 3