After winning silver and bronze at the 1964 Winter Olympics of Innsbruck, Mustonen went on to win gold and silver at the 1968 Winter Olympics of Grenoble. This was the only Finnish gold medal at those games and the last Olympic gold for Finland in speed skating up to at least 2009. Her Olympic performance was acknowledged by naming her Finnish female athlete of the year in 1964 and 1968.
She competed in ten World Allround Championships from 1958 to 1968 (every year except 1959), but never managed to win a medal in the final classification – a fourth place in 1964 being her best result. She did win four distance medals though, all bronze, in the days when there was not yet a separate world championship for each distance. Nationally, she won seven all-around titles between 1962 and 1968.