Iivo Niskanen

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Iivo Niskanen
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Iivo Niskanen in February, 2019
Country Finland
Full nameIivo Henrik Niskanen
Born (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 27)
Oulu, Finland
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Ski clubPuijon Hiihtoseura
World Cup career
Seasons2011
Individual wins4
Team wins0
Indiv. podiums10
Team podiums1
Indiv. starts75
Team starts6
Overall titles0 – (14th in 2017)
Discipline titles0
Updated on 11 April 2019.

Iivo Henrik Niskanen (born 12 January 1992) is a Finnish cross-country skier who has competed in the FIS Cross-Country World Cup since 2011. He is a two-time Olympic champion.

Career[edit]

Iivo Niskanen made his individual World Cup debut on 12 March 2011, when he became 69th in a 20 km skiathlon in Lahti, Finland. He had his breakthrough at international level when he won the 15 kilometre classic race at the 2014 under-23 World Championships in Val di Fiemme on 30 January 2014. He won the race with a 17.4 seconds margin to Sergey Ustiugov.[1] Only three days after he won the gold medal at the under-23 World Championships, he became 8th in a 15 km classic World Cup race in Toblach, Italy.

He won the gold medal in men's team sprint at the 2014 Winter Olympics with Sami Jauhojärvi.[2] Following the pair's achievement, Niskanen and Jauhojärvi shared the Finnish Sports Personality of the Year award in 2014. Niskanen finished 4th on the prestigious 50 km race in Holmenkollen on 8 March 2014.

In the following 2014–15 season, Niskanen won his first World Cup victory by winning a 15 km classic race on home soil in Ruka, Finland.

In Nordic World Ski Championships 2017 Niskanen won a bronze medal in the team sprint and a gold medal in the 15 km classic.[3] He won his second Finnish Sports Personality of the Year in 2017.

In the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Niskanen became individual Olympic champion on the men's 50 kilometre classical.[4][5]. Niskanen was awarded his third Finnish Sports Personality of the Year in January 2019,[6] the first since Marjo Matikainen in 1987 to win the award two consecutive years.

Olympic results[edit]

  • 2 medals – (2 gold)
 Year   Age   15 km 
individual
 30 km 
 skiathlon 
 50 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
Russia 2014 22 4 25 10 6 Gold
South Korea 2018 26 19 Gold 14 4

World Championship results[edit]

  • 3 medals – (1 gold, 2 bronze)
 Year   Age   15 km 
individual
 30 km 
 skiathlon 
 50 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
Sweden 2015 23 26 8
Finland 2017 25 Gold 5 Bronze
Austria 2019 27 Bronze 4 4 7

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[7]

Season standings[edit]

 Season   Age  Season Standings Ski Tour Standings
Overall Distance Sprint Nordic
Opening
Tour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
Ski Tour
Canada
2011 19 NC NC NC N/A
2012 20 NC NC N/A
2013 21 NC NC NC 40 DNF N/A
2014 22 50 31 90 DNF N/A
2015 23 40 25 78 DNF N/A N/A
2016 24 66 43 73 27 DNF N/A
2017 25 14 4 42 10 DNF DNF N/A
2018 26 15 13 24 6 DNF DNF N/A
2019 27 20 13 92 7 N/A

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 4 victories – (3 WC, 1 SWC)
  • 10 podiums – (8 WC, 2 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 2014–15 30 November 2014 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
2 2016–17 27 November 2016 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
3 19 February 2017 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
4 11 March 2017 Norway Holmenkollen, Norway 50 km Mass Start C World Cup 2nd
5 2017–18 25 November 2017 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 15 km Individual C Stage World Cup 3rd
6 4 March 2018 Finland Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
7 2018–19 20 January 2019 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
8 17 February 2019 Italy Cogne, Italy 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
9 2019–20 30 November 2019 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 15 km Individual C Stage World Cup 1st
10 29 November
– 1 December 2019
Finland Rukatunturi, Finland Overall Standings World Cup 3rd

Team podiums[edit]

  • 1 podium – (1 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate
1 2018–19 10 February 2019 Finland Lahti, Finland 6 × 1.6 km Team Sprint C World Cup 3rd Hakola

Awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

His sister Kerttu is also cross-country skier, double silver medalist from the 2014 Winter Olympics, and his other sister Katri is a highly regarded Finnish fashion designer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Niskanen takes world U23 gold ahead of Sochi". www.yle.fi. Yle. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ "CROSS COUNTRY PAIR JAUHOJÄRVI AND NISKANEN REDISCOVER GOLDEN FORMULA FOR FINLAND TO WIN MEN'S TEAM SPRINT". www.olympic.org. The International Olympic Committee. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Iivo Niskanen wins men's 15K cross-country ski world title". cbc.ca. CBC. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Olympics: Cross-country skiing – Finn Niskanen takes gold in 50km mass start". Reuters. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Athlete Profile – Iivo NISKANEN". pyeongchang2018.com. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Olympic cross-country ski medallist scoops Sports Personality of the Year". www.yle.fi. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Iivo Niskanen". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 23 January 2018.

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