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Kari Ristanen

Full name: Kari Antero Ristanen
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (174 cm)
Weight: 66-68 kg
Born: July 27, 1958 in Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Affiliations: Tampereen Poliisi-Urheilijat, Tampere (FIN)
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Husband of Eija Hyytiäinen.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Kari Ristanen made his international début at the 1984 Winter Olympics, where he won a bronze in the relay, but was not as successful in the individual races. Ristanen competed at the 1987 World Championships and 1988 Winter Olympics, but failed to medal in those tournaments, his best individual places at those tournaments being fifth in the 1987 30 km and seventh in the 1988 50 km, which would be Ristanen’s only top ten individual finishes at a major international tournament. Ristanen’s next international tournament medal came at the 1989 World Championships, where he won a silver in the relay, and he made his last international appearance at the 1991 World Championships. By profession Ristanen was an engineer and after his sporting career ended, he has worked as cross-country skiing commentator for Finnish national television. He is married to another cross-country skier Eija Hyytiäinen, who won a relay bronze at the 1984 Olympics.

Results

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 17 1-33:02.6 22:38.9 24 46:13.8 22 1-09:33.8 21
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 27 1-31:05.2 29:09.9 21 59:53.4 27

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 15 2-23:10.6 23:07.5 13 56:40.8 12 1-33:35.3 11 2-08:51.0 12
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 7 2-08:08.1 36:17.3 9 1-03:29.7 10 1-41:20.8 12

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 3 30:21.6 30:21.6 8
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Finland FIN Final Standings 8 26:24.4 1-48:24.0 8