Harri Kirvesniemi

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Harri Kirvesniemi
Medal record
Men's cross country skiing
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Lake Placid 4 x 10 km
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Sarajevo 15 km
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Sarajevo 4 x 10 km
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Albertville 4 x 10 km
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Lillehammer 4 x 10 km
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Nagano 4 x 10 km
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1989 Lahti 15 km classical
Silver medal – second place 1989 Lahti 4 x 10 km
Silver medal – second place 1995 Thunder Bay 4 x 10 km
Silver medal – second place 1997 Trondheim 4 x 10 km
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Oslo 15 km
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Oslo 4 x 10 km
Bronze medal – third place 1985 Seefeld 30 km
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Val di Fiemme 4 x 10 km
Disqualified 2001 Lahti 4 x 10 km

Harri Tapani Kirvesniemi (born 10 May 1958 in Mikkeli) is a Finnish former cross country skier who competed from 1980 to 2001. During his career he won six Olympic medals (all bronzes), and also the 50 km event at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 2000. He was born at Mikkeli.

His biggest successes though were at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, where he earned a total of 8 medals. This included one gold (15 km: 1989), three silvers (4 x 10 km: 1989, 1995. 1997), and four bronzes (15 km: 1982, 30 km: 1985, 4 x 10 km: 1982 (shared with East Germany), 1991). In 1998, he earned the Holmenkollen medal (shared with Fred Børre Lundberg, Larissa Lazutina, and Alexey Prokourorov). He was married to Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi, who won the Holmenkollen medal in 1989. This makes them the third husband-wife team to ever win the Holmenkollen medal.

During the 2001 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahtis, he tested positive for use of the banned plasma expander Hemohes together with five fellow Finnish cross-country skiers. This resulted in the disqualification of the gold-medal winning Finnish relay team. Following the scandal, Kirvesniemi retired from competitive skiing. In 2013, he received a 6-month suspended sentence after the Helsinki District Court found that he had committed perjury when witnessing to the court in 2011 that he was unaware of any doping use in the 1990s.[1]

Presently Kirvesniemi works as the Plant Manager and Board Member at Yoko Ski.

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  1. ^ Passi, Minna (18 October 2013). "Ex-hiihtäjille ehdollista dopingjupakasta – oikeuden mukaan kolmikko käytti kiellettyjä aineita". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 19 October 2013. 

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