Juha Mieto

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Juha Mieto
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Juha Mieto
Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Men's Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1976 Innsbruck 4 x 10 km
Silver medal – second place 1980 Lake Placid 15 km
Silver medal – second place 1980 Lake Placid 50 km
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Lake Placid 4 x 10 km
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Sarajevo 4 x 10 km
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1974 Falun 30 km
Silver medal – second place 1978 Lahti 4 x 10 km
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Lahti 15 km
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Oslo 4 x 10 km

Juha Iisakki Mieto (born 20 November 1949 in Kurikka) is a Finnish former cross country skier who competed during the 1970s and 1980s. He won five medals at the Winter Olympics, including gold in the relay in the 1976 Winter Olympics. His loss to Sweden's Thomas Wassberg in the 15 km at the 1980 Winter Olympics by 0.01 seconds, the closest margin of victory ever in Olympic cross-country skiing, led the International Ski Federation (FIS) to round all of their times to the nearest 1/10 second in future competitions.

Mieto also won four medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, with silvers in the 30 km (1974) and the 4 x 10 km (1978), and bronzes in the 15 km (1978) and the 4 x 10 km (1982, tied with East Germany). His biggest success as a cross country skier was at the Holmenkollen ski festival where he won the 50 km once (1973) and the 15 km five times (1973–1975, 1977–1978).

He received the Holmenkollen medal in 1974.

In the 2007 Finnish parliament elections he was a Centre Party candidate in Vaasa constituency, and got elected with 13 768 votes; the seventh most in the whole of Finland.[1]

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