Finland at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Finland at the Olympic Games

Flag of Finland
IOC code  FIN
NOC Finnish Olympic Committee
Website sport.fi/olympiakomitea (Finnish)
At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin
Competitors 102 in 11 sports
Flag bearer Janne Lahtela (opening)[1]
Markku Uusipaavalniemi (closing)[2]
Medals
Rank: 19
Gold
0
Silver
6
Bronze
3
Total
9
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

Finland competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, with 102 athletes competing in 11 of the 15 sports.[3]

Janne Lahtela, a moguls freestyle skier, was the flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Silver Poutiainen, TanjaTanja Poutiainen Alpine skiing Women's giant slalom
 Silver Uusipaavalniemi, MarkkuMarkku Uusipaavalniemi
Wille Mäkelä
Kalle Kiiskinen
Teemu Salo
Jani Sullanmaa
Curling Men's
 Silver Ronkainen, MikkoMikko Ronkainen Freestyle skiing Men's moguls
 Silver men's national ice hockey team, FinlandFinland men's national ice hockey team
Aki Berg   Niklas Hagman   Jere Lehtinen
Lasse Kukkonen   Jukka Hentunen   Ville Nieminen
Toni Lydman   Olli Jokinen   Ville Peltonen
Antti-Jussi Niemi   Jussi Jokinen   Jarkko Ruutu
Petteri Nummelin   Niko Kapanen   Teemu Selänne
Teppo Numminen   Saku Koivu   Niklas Bäckström
Sami Salo   Mikko Koivu   Antero Niittymäki
Kimmo Timonen   Antti Laaksonen   Fredrik Norrena
Ice hockey Men's competition
 Silver Hautamäki, MattiMatti Hautamäki Ski jumping Normal hill
 Silver Ahonen, JanneJanne Ahonen
Janne Happonen
Matti Hautamäki
Tami Kiuru
Ski jumping Men's team
 Bronze Saarinen, Aino-KaisaAino-Kaisa Saarinen
Virpi Kuitunen
Cross country skiing Women's team sprint
 Bronze Kuisma, AnttiAntti Kuisma
Anssi Koivuranta
Jaakko Tallus
Hannu Manninen
Nordic combined Team
 Bronze Koski, MarkkuMarkku Koski Snowboarding Men's halfpipe

Alpine skiing pictogram.svg Alpine skiing[edit]

Athlete Event Final
Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Total Rank
Kalle Palander Men's giant slalom 1:18.22 1:18.60 n/a 2:36.82 9
Men's slalom 53.38 Disqualified
Tanja Poutiainen Women's giant slalom 1:01.21 1:08.65 n/a 2:09.86 Silver medal icon.svg
Women's slalom 43.05 47.74 n/a 1:30.79 6
Henna Raita Women's slalom 44.29 48.04 n/a 1:32.33 20
Jukka Rajala Men's giant slalom 1:20.17 1:21.23 n/a 2:41.40 22
Men's slalom Did not finish

Note: In the men's combined, run 1 is the downhill, and runs 2 and 3 are the slalom. In the women's combined, run 1 and 2 are the slalom, and run 3 the downhill.

Biathlon pictogram.svg Biathlon[edit]

Paavo Puurunen was the only Finnish biathlete who competed in Torino.[4]

Athlete Event Final
Time Misses Rank
Paavo Puurunen Men's sprint 28:57.3 2 46
Men's pursuit 38:01.28 3 22
Men's mass start 47:43.7 0 4
Men's individual 56:38.9 1 12

Cross country skiing pictogram.svg Cross-country skiing[edit]

Six men and six women participated in the cross country skiing events,[5] making the cross country skiing squad the largest squad for any individual sport.

Distance
Men
Athlete Event Final
Total Rank
Sami Jauhojärvi 15 km classical 39:15.3 9
30 km pursuit 1:17:58.1 20
Teemu Kattilakoski 50 km freestyle 2:09:26.2 43
Ville Nousiainen 50 km freestyle Did not finish
Olli Ohtonen 15 km classical 41:47.4 48
30 kilometre pursuit Did not start
50 km freestyle 2:11:54.7 52
Lauri Pyykönen 15 km classical 42:10.4 55
Tero Similä 15 km classical 40:44.5 32
30 km pursuit 1:20:04.5 34
Sami Jauhojärvi
Tero Similä
Olli Ohtonen
Teemu Kattilakoski
4 x 10 km relay 40:44.5 10
Women
Athlete Event Final
Total Rank
Elina Hietamäki 15 km pursuit 46:20.5 33
Virpi Kuitunen 10 km classical 28:51.4 9
30 km freestyle Did not finish
Riitta-Liisa Lassila 10 km classical 30:28.4 35
15 km pursuit 44:06.1 13
30 km freestyle 1:26:55.4 23
Aino-Kaisa Saarinen 10 km classical 28:29.6 7
30 km freestyle 1:25:41.8 17
Kirsi Välimaa 15 km pursuit 46:25.6 34
Kati Venäläinen 10 km classical 31:04.9 43
30 km freestyle Did not finish
Aino-Kaisa Saarinen
Virpi Kuitunen
Riitta-Liisa Lassila
Kati Venäläinen
4 x 5 km relay 55:55.8 7
Sprint
Athlete Event Qualifying Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Total Rank Total Rank Total Rank Total Rank
Elina Hietamäki Women's sprint 2:20.49 42 Did not advance 42
Sami Jauhojärvi Men's sprint 2:28.42 61 Did not advance 61
Virpi Kuitunen Women's sprint 2:14.83 7 Q 2:16.2 2 Q 2:16.3 3 Final B
2:18.1
5
Keijo Kurttila Men's sprint 2:19.94 22 Q 2:25.1 5 Did not advance 23
Lauri Pyykönen Men's sprint 2:20.21 26 Q 2:28.6 6 Did not advance 27
Aino-Kaisa Saarinen Women's sprint 2:15.75 11 Q 2:20.7 6 Did not advance 26
Kati Venäläinen Women's sprint 2:17.29 24 Q 2:18.1 6 Did not advance 29
Keijo Kurttila
Lauri Pyykönen
Men's team sprint n/a 17:21.5 4 Q 17:39.2 5
Virpi Kuitunen
Aino-Kaisa Saarinen
Women's team sprint n/a 17:16.8 1 Q 16:39.2 Bronze medal icon.svg

Curling pictogram.svg Curling[edit]

Men's[edit]

Silver medal icon.svg: Markku Uusipaavalniemi (skip), Wille Mäkelä, Kalle Kiiskinen, Teemu Salo, Jani Sullanmaa (alternate)

Finland sent a men's curling team to the Olympics,[6] the same team which finished fifth at the 2005 Ford World Men's Curling Championship.

Round-robin
Draw 1
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 2
Switzerland (Stöckli) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 X 7

;Draw 2

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 4
United States (Fenson) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3

;Draw 4

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6
New Zealand (Becker) 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 5

;Draw 5

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Germany (Kapp) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 5
Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2

;Draw 7

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Sweden (Lindholm) 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 X X 4
Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 3 0 2 0 0 1 3 2 X X 11

;Draw 8

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 8
Canada (Gushue) 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 7

;Draw 9

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 1 7
Norway (Trulsen) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3

;Draw 10

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Italy (Retornaz) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 4
Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 7

;Draw 11

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Great Britain (Murdoch) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 X 2
Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 X 5
Standings
Rank Team Skip Won Lost
1 Finland Markku Uusipaavalniemi 7 2
2 Canada Brad Gushue 6 3
3 United States Pete Fenson 6 3
4 Great Britain David Murdoch 6 3
5 Norway Pål Trulsen 5 4
6 Switzerland Ralph Stockli 5 4
7 Italy Joel Retornaz 4 5
8 Sweden Peter Lindholm 3 6
9 Germany Andy Kapp 3 6
10 New Zealand Sean Becker 0 9
Playoffs
Semifinal
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Finland (Uusipaavalniemi) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4
Great Britain (Murdoch) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3

;Final

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Finland (Uusipavaalniemi) Silver medal icon.svg 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 x x - 5
Canada (Gushue) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 1 1 0 6 0 0 x x - 11

Figure skating pictogram.svg Figure skating[edit]

Susanna Pöykiö and Kiira Korpi were selected for the women's competition. Pöykiö has won a silver at the 2005 European Figure Skating Championships (held in Torino), while Korpi's best European placing prior to the Olympics was sixth.[7]

Athlete Event CD SP/OD FS/FD Total
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Kiira Korpi Ladies' n/a 44.84 20 Q 92.36 14 137.20 16
Susanna Pöykiö Ladies' n/a 53.74 12 Q 89.48 15 143.22 13

Key: CD = Compulsory Dance, FD = Free Dance, FS = Free Skate, OD = Original Dance, SP = Short Program

Freestyle skiing pictogram.svg Freestyle skiing[edit]

Five Finnish men were entered in the freestyle competition, all in the moguls[8] Since only four entrants were allowed, Tapio Luusua ended up as an alternate.

Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Janne Lahtela Men's moguls 23.77 10 Q 22.65 16
Juuso Lahtela Men's moguls 22.31 19 Q 24.42 8
Sami Mustonen Men's moguls 21.57 22 Did not advance
Mikko Ronkainen Men's moguls 23.38 13 Q 26.62 Silver medal icon.svg

Ice hockey pictogram.svg Ice hockey[edit]

Men's[edit]

The Finnish men's team finished atop its Round-robin group, which including beating both previous Olympic gold medalists, the Czech Republic and Canada, and beat the United States and Russia to make the final, where it lost to Sweden to finish in the silver medal position.

Roster
Position Name Height Weight Birthdate Birthplace 2005–06 team
G Backstrom, NiklasNiklas Bäckström 187 89 13 February 1978 Helsinki Kärpät
G Niittymaki, AnteroAntero Niittymäki 183 85 18 June 1980 Turku Philadelphia Flyers
G Norrena, FredrikFredrik Norrena 183 85 29 November 1973 Jakobstad Linköpings HC
D Berg, AkiAki Berg 193 97 28 July 1977 Turku Toronto Maple Leafs
D Kukkonen, LasseLasse Kukkonen 183 85 18 September 1981 Oulu Kärpät
D Lydman, ToniToni Lydman 185 90 25 September 1977 Lahti Buffalo Sabres
D Niemi, Antti-JussiAntti-Jussi Niemi 184 87 22 September 1977 Vantaa Frölunda HC
D Nummelin, PetteriPetteri Nummelin 178 83 25 November 1972 Turku HC Lugano
D Numminen, TeppoTeppo Numminen 186 90 3 July 1968 Tampere Buffalo Sabres
D Salo, SamiSami Salo 192 98 2 September 1974 Turku Vancouver Canucks
D Timonen, KimmoKimmo Timonen 178 88 18 March 1975 Kuopio Nashville Predators
F Hagman, NiklasNiklas Hagman 183 91 5 December 1979 Espoo Dallas Stars
F Hentunen, JukkaJukka Hentunen 178 88 3 May 1974 Joroinen HC Lugano
F Jokinen, JussiJussi Jokinen 181 86 1 April 1983 Kalajoki Dallas Stars
F Jokinen, OlliOlli Jokinen 188 90 5 December 1978 Kuopio Florida Panthers
F Kapanen, NikoNiko Kapanen 177 80 29 April 1978 Hattula Dallas Stars
F Koivu, MikkoMikko Koivu 188 85 12 March 1983 Turku Minnesota Wild
F Koivu, SakuSaku Koivu 179 82 23 November 1974 Turku Montreal Canadiens
F Laaksonen, AnttiAntti Laaksonen 183 85 3 October 1973 Tammela Colorado Avalanche
F Lehtinen, JereJere Lehtinen 182 89 24 June 1973 Espoo Dallas Stars
F Nieminen, VilleVille Nieminen 181 93 6 April 1977 Tampere New York Rangers
F Peltonen, VilleVille Peltonen 180 84 24 May 1973 Vantaa HC Lugano
F Ruutu, JarkkoJarkko Ruutu 188 93 23 August 1975 Vantaa Vancouver Canucks
F Selanne, TeemuTeemu SelänneC 183 93 3 July 1970 Helsinki Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Results
Round-robin


15 February 2006 v
15:35
 Switzerland 0 – 5
(0–1, 0–4, 0–0)
 Finland Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 2,960
16 February 2006 v
12:05
 Finland 6 – 0
(0–0, 4–0, 2–0)
 Italy Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 7,776
18 February 2006 v
21:05
 Czech Republic 2 – 4
(1–1, 1–1, 0–2)
 Finland Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 8,705
19 February 2006 v
21:05
 Finland 2 – 0
(2–0, 0–0, 0–0)
 Canada Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 4,420
21 February 2006 v
15:35
 Finland 2 – 0
(1–0, 1–0, 0–0)
 Germany Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 2,430
Standings
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Finland 5 5 0 0 19 2 10
 Switzerland 5 2 1 2 10 12 6
 Canada 5 3 2 0 15 9 6
 Czech Republic 5 2 3 0 14 12 4
 Germany 5 0 3 2 7 16 2
 Italy 5 0 3 2 9 23 2
Medal round
Quarterfinal
22 February 2006
17:35
 Finland 4 – 3
(2-1, 2-1, 0-1)
 United States Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 6691
Semifinal
24 February 2006
21:05
 Finland 4 – 0
(1-0, 2-0, 1-0)
 Russia Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 8702
Final
26 February 2006
14:05
 Finland Silver medal icon.svg 2 – 3
(1-0, 1-2, 0-1)
 Sweden Gold medal icon.svg Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 8274

Women's[edit]

The Finnish women's team finished second to the United States in the round-robin section of the competition, but lost to both North American teams in the medal round to end up in fourth place.

Players
No Player G A Pts PIM
25 Mari Pehkonen 3 0 3 2
22 Saara Tuominen 1 2 3 0
29 Karoliina Rantamäki 1 2 3 2
4 Heidi Pelttari 1 2 3 6
12 Mari Saarinen 1 1 2 0
24 Kati Kovalainen 1 0 1 0
27 Marja-Helena Pälvilä 1 0 1 0
15 Satu Hoikkala 0 1 1 2
18 Nora Tallus 0 1 1 2
3 Emma Laaksonen 0 1 1 8
11 Oona Parviainen 0 0 0 0
21 Eveliina Similä 0 0 0 0
9 Terhi Mertanen 0 0 0 2
22 Satu Tuominen 0 0 0 2
10 Sari Fisk 0 0 0 4
2 Hanna Kuoppala 0 0 0 4
20 Saija Sirviö 0 0 0 6
No Goaltender Mins GA GAA Sv%
1 Noora Räty 60 0 0.00 1.000
30 Maija Hassinen 120 7 3.50 .873

Key: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PIM = Penalty Minutes, GA = Goals Against, GAA = Goals Against Average Sv% = Save Percentage

Results
Round-robin
11 February 2006 v
13:05
Finland  3 – 0
(2–0, 0–0, 1–0)
 Germany Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 3,200
13 February 2006 v
17:35
Finland  4 – 0
(1–0, 0–0, 3–0)
 Switzerland Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 4,259
14 February 2006 v
20:35
United States  7 – 3
(1–2, 1–1, 5–0)
 Finland Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 7,697
Standings
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 United States 3 3 0 0 18 3 6
 Finland 3 2 1 0 10 7 4
 Germany 3 1 2 0 2 9 2
 Switzerland 3 0 3 0 1 12 0
Medal round
Semifinal
17 February 2006 v
21:05
Canada  6 – 0
(2–0, 2–0, 2–0)
 Finland Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 5,654
Bronze medal game
20 February 2006 v
16:35
Finland  0 – 4
(0–3, 0–1, 0–0)
 United States Bronze medal icon.svg Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 5,150

Nordic combined pictogram.svg Nordic combined[edit]

Athlete Event Ski jumping Cross-country
Points Rank Deficit Time Rank
Anssi Koivuranta Sprint 121.5 3 0:17 19:17.7
+48.7
11
Individual Gundersen 220.5 18 2:48 43:37.3
+3:52.7
25
Antti Kuisma Individual Gundersen 217.5 22 3:00 42:33.8
+2:49.2
17
Hannu Manninen Sprint 108.3 16 1:10 19:21.0
+52.0
12
Individual Gundersen 238.0 8 1:38 41:20.2
+1:35.6
9
Janne Ryynänen Sprint 102.5 29 1:33 20:47.6
+2:18.6
37
Jaakko Tallus Sprint 120.9 4 0:19 18:58.1
+29.1
4
Individual Gundersen 257.0 3 0:22 40:01.9
+17.3
5
Anssi Koivuranta
Antti Kuisma
Hannu Manninen
Jaakko Tallus
Team 878.6 4 0:35 50:19.4
+26.8
Bronze medal icon.svg

Note: 'Deficit' refers to the amount of time behind the leader a competitor began the cross-country portion of the event. Italicized numbers show the final deficit from the winner's finishing time.

Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping[edit]

Athlete Event Qualifying First round Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Total Rank
Janne Ahonen Normal hill 133.5 3 PQ 134.5 2 Q 127.0 261.5 6
Large hill 136.3 2 PQ 112.3 9 Q 121.8 234.1 9
Janne Happonen Normal hill 114.0 23 Q 116.0 26 Q 109.0 225.0 28
Matti Hautamäki Normal hill 130.0 5 PQ 131.0 6 Q 134.5 265.5 Silver medal icon.svg
Large hill 129.6 5 PQ 117.3 7 Q 125.1 242.4 5
Risto Jussilainen Large hill 97.2 10 Q 91.7 35 Did not advance 35
Tami Kiuru Normal hill 125.0 8 Q 113.0 31 Did not advance 31
Large hill 95.3 12 Q 108.6 13 Q 105.4 214.0 18
Tami Kiuru
Janne Happonen
Janne Ahonen
Matti Hautamäki
Team n/a 467.2 2 Q 509.4 976.6 Silver medal icon.svg

Note: PQ indicates a skier was pre-qualified for the final, based on entry rankings.

Snowboarding pictogram.svg Snowboarding[edit]

Halfpipe
Athlete Event Qualifying run 1 Qualifying run 2 Final
Points Rank Points Rank Run 1 Run 2 Rank
Antti Autti Men's halfpipe 43.5 2 Q n/a (28.2) 39.1 9
Janne Korpi Men's halfpipe 9.2 42 33.5 14 Did not advance 20
Markku Koski Men's halfpipe 20.2 28 40.6 3 Q 41.5 (31.4) Bronze medal icon.svg
Risto Mattila Men's halfpipe 40.8 5 Q n/a (31.6) 35.8 10

Note: In the final, the single best score from two runs is used to determine the ranking. A bracketed score indicates a run that wasn't counted.

Parallel GS
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Time Rank Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Rank
Niina Sarias Women's parallel giant slalom 1:24.96 24 Did not advance 24

Speed skating pictogram.svg Speed skating[edit]

Athlete Event Race 1 Final
Time Rank Time Rank
Janne Hänninen Men's 500 m 35.58 35.67 1:11.25 15
Men's 1000 m n/a 1:10.83 25
Pekka Koskela Men's 500 m 35.58 35.51 1:11.09 10
Men's 1000 m n/a 1:11.45 31
Mika Poutala Men's 500 m 35.91 35.83 1:11.74 22
Men's 1000 m n/a 1:11.03 26
Risto Rosendahl Men's 1000 m n/a 1:12.60 37
Men's 1500 m n/a 1:49.51 24

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Flagbearers for the Opening Ceremony". Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Flagbearers for the Closing Ceremony". Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  3. ^ (Finnish) Torino-Kisavisut - Joukkue lajeittain, from Suomen Olympiakomitea (Finnish Olympic Committee), retrieved 26 January 2006.
  4. ^ (Finnish) Torino-Kisasivut - Ampumahiihto, from SOK, retrieved 26 January 2006.
  5. ^ (Finnish) Torino-Kisasivut - Maastohiihto, from SOK, retrieved 26 January 2006.
  6. ^ (Finnish) Torino-Kisasivut - Curling, from SOK, retrieved 26 January 2006.
  7. ^ (Finnish) Torino-Kisasivut - Taitoluistelu, from SOK, retrieved 26 January 2006.
  8. ^ .(Finnish) Torino-Kisasivut - Freestylehiihto, from SOK, retrieved 26 January 2006.

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