Harri Kirvesniemi

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Harri Kirvesniemi
Kirvesniemi Lahti2017.jpg
Kirvesniemi in February 2017
Country Finland
Full nameHarri Tapani Kirvesniemi
Born (1958-05-10) 10 May 1958 (age 61)
Mikkeli, Finland
Spouse(s)
Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen
(m. 1984; div. 2011)
Ski clubMikkelin Hiihtaejaet
World Cup career
Seasons19822001
Individual wins6
Team wins7
Indiv. podiums16
Team podiums23
Indiv. starts127
Team starts37
Overall titles0 – (3rd in 1982, 1984)
Discipline titles0

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.

Career[edit]

His biggest successes though were at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, where he earned a total of eight 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 Prokurorov). 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 Lahti, 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.

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[2]

World Cup standings[edit]

 Season   Age  Season standings
Overall Long Distance Middle Distance Sprint
1982 24 3 N/A N/A N/A
1983 25 14 N/A N/A N/A
1984 26 3 N/A N/A N/A
1985 27 9 N/A N/A N/A
1986 28 17 N/A N/A N/A
1987 29 9 N/A N/A N/A
1988 30 15 N/A N/A N/A
1989 31 12 N/A N/A N/A
1990 32 12 N/A N/A N/A
1991 33 13 N/A N/A N/A
1992 34 7 N/A N/A N/A
1993 35 29 N/A N/A N/A
1994 36 12 N/A N/A N/A
1995 37 7 N/A N/A N/A
1996 38 21 N/A N/A N/A
1997 39 29 35 N/A 26
1998 40 38 37 N/A 36
1999 41 33 30 N/A 61
2000 42 14 5 16 DNP
2001 43 57 N/A N/A DNP

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 6 victories
  • 16 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1  1981–82  23 February 1982 Norway Oslo, Norway 15 km Individual World Championships[1] 3rd
2 19 March 1982 Czechoslovakia Štrbské Pleso, Czechoslovakia 15 km Individual World Cup 1st
3 27 March 1982 Italy Kastelruth, Italy 15 km Individual World Cup 3rd
4  1983–84  10 December 1983 West Germany Reit im Winkl, West Germany 15 km Individual World Cup 2nd
5 13 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 15 km Individual Olympic Games[1] 3rd
6  1984–85  18 January 1985 Austria Seefeld, Austria 30 km Individual World Championships[1] 3rd
7 3 March 1985 Finland Lahti, Finland 50 km Individual World Cup 3rd
8 1986–87 10 January 1987 Canada Canmore, Canada 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
9  1987–88  27 March 1988 Finland Rovaniemi, Finland 50 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
10 1988–89 22 February 1989 Finland Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual C World Championships[1] 1st
11  1989–90  10 March 1990 Sweden Örnsköldsvik, Sweden 30 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
12  1990–91  16 March 1991 Norway Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
13 1993–94 12 March 1994 Sweden Falun, Sweden 30 km Individual C World Cup 1st
14 1994–95 14 January 1995 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
15  1999–00  12 January 2000 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
16 11 March 2000 Norway Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual C World Cup 1st

Team podiums[edit]

  • 7 victories
  • 23 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1  1981–82  25 February 1982 Norway Oslo, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay World Championships[1] 3rd Härkönen / Karvonen / Mieto
2  1983–84  16 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 4 × 10 km Relay Olympic Games[1] 3rd Ristanen / Mieto / Karvonen
3  1985–86  9 March 1986 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay F World Cup 3rd Hynninen / Ristanen / Karvonen
4  1986–87  19 March 1987 Norway Oslo, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Laukkanen / Ristanen / Karvonen
5  1988–89  24 February 1989 Finland Lahti, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay M World Championships[1] 2nd Karvonen / Ristanen / Räsänen
6  1990–91  15 February 1991 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 4 × 10 km Relay M World Championships[1] 3rd Kuusisto / Isometsä / Räsänen
7  1991–92  18 February 1992 France Albertville, France 4 × 10 km Relay M Olympic Games[1] 3rd Kuusisto / Räsänen / Isometsä
8  1993–94  22 February 1994 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay M Olympic Games[1] 3rd Myllylä / Räsänen / Isometsä
9 4 March 1994 Finland Lahti, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Repo / Isometsä / Räsänen
10 1994–95 15 January 1995 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Hietamäki / Isometsä / Myllylä
11 12 February 1995 Norway Oslo, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay M World Cup 1st Hietamäki / Kuusisto / Repo
12 17 March 1995 Canada Thunder Bay, Canada 4 × 10 km Relay M World Championships[1] 2nd Hietamäki / Räsänen / Isometsä
13 26 March 1995 Japan Sapporo, Japan 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 3rd Kuusisto / Repo / Isometsä
14 1995–96 14 January 1996 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Repo / Myllylä / Isometsä
15 1996–97 24 November 1996 Sweden Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Repo / Myllylä / Isometsä
16 8 December 1996 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Isometsä / Repo / Myllylä
17 28 February 1997 Norway Trondheim, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay M World Championships[1] 2nd Myllylä / Räsänen / Isometsä
18  1997–98  23 November 1997 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Isometsä / Repo / Taipale
19 6 March 1998 Finland Lahti, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 1st Myllylä / Repo / Isometsä
20  1998–99  14 March 1999 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Immonen / Myllylä / Repo
21  1999–00  19 December 1999 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Immonen / Myllylä / Isometsä
22 5 March 2000 Finland Lahti, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Immonen / Kattilakoski / Repo
23  2000–01  26 November 2000 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Immonen / Myllylä / Repo

Note: 1 Until the 1999 World Championships and the 1994 Olympics, World Championship and Olympic races were included in the World Cup scoring system.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Passi, Minna (18 October 2013). "Ex-hiihtäjille ehdollista dopingjupakasta – oikeuden mukaan kolmikko käytti kiellettyjä aineita". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Athlete : KIRVESNIEMI Harri". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 27 February 2018.

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