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Matti Raivio

Full name: Matti Raivio
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: February 22, 1893 in Raivio, Keuruu, Keski-Suomi, Finland
Died: May 25, 1957 in Pihlajavesi, Keuruu, Keski-Suomi, Finland
Affiliations: Pilajaveden Sk:n Urheilijat
Country: FIN Finland
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Biography

Matti Raivio was the first Finn to win a Nordic Skiing World Championship. In 1926 at Lahti, in his home country, he won both the 30 km and 50 km cross-country. His winning margin of six minutes in the 30 km remained the greatest ever over this distance in World Championships more than 90 years later. In his career, Raivio claimed six Finnish titles between 1920 and 1927. The last one came after a run-off, when he clocked exactly the same time as [Martti Lappalainen]. At the Lahti Ski Games, he won the 10 km in 1925 and 1927, the 30 km in 1926 and 50 km in 1926-27. At the Kupio Ski Games in 1923, he gained victories in the 30 and 50 km. His sister Aino was also a two-times Finnish Champion in cross-country skiing 1924-25.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Winter 30 Chamonix Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Finland FIN 7
1924 Winter 30 Chamonix Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Finland FIN 7
1928 Winter 34 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Finland FIN AC DNF

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Winter 30 Chamonix Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 7 1-19:10.4

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R
1924 Winter 30 Chamonix Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings 7 4-06:50
1928 Winter 34 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Finland Final Standings AC DNF 25:18 6 50:01 7 1-22:00 4 1-47:00 5 2-16:05 5
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