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Matti Pitkänen

Full name: Matti Keijo Juhani Pitkänen
Nickname(s): Hämeen hiljainen
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 70-72 kg
Born: December 20, 1948 in Ikaalinen, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Kyröskosken Ponsi, Hämeenkyrö (FIN) / Ikaalisten Urheilijat, Ikaalinen (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Matti Pitkänen won all of his international championship medals in the relay. He won a gold at the 1976 Winter Olympics, silver at the 1978 World Championships and bronze at the 1980 Winter Olympics. He was also fourth in three individual distances (15, 30 and 50 km) at the 1978 World Championships and his best individual finish at the Olympic Games was sixth at the 30 km in 1980. In 1978 Pitkänen also won the 50 km race at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival and both the 15 km and 50 km races at Ounasvaara. He also won two Finnish titles, in 1977 and 1978, both at 50 km.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Finland FIN 13
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 1 Gold
1980 Winter 31 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres Finland FIN 6
1980 Winter 31 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Finland FIN 11
1980 Winter 31 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Finland FIN 3 Bronze

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 13 1-33:44.74 32:27.78 14 1-04:21.75 14
1980 Winter 31 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 6 1-29:35.03 28:52.24 4 45:18.37 6 58:49.98 5

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1980 Winter 31 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 11 2-34:09.04 36:46.53 14 52:22.31 16 1-14:52.72 13 2-10:12.53 13

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 1 35:03.59 35:03.59 5
1980 Winter 31 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 3 30:08.39 1-31:43.54 5
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