Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi

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Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi
Born (1955-09-10) 10 September 1955 (age 63)
Simpele, South Karelia, Finland
Spouse(s)
Harri Kirvesniemi
(m. 1984; div. 2011)
Ski clubSimpeleen Urheilijat
World Cup career
Seasons19821985, 19881989, 19911994
Individual wins11
Team wins1
Indiv. podiums27
Team podiums8
Indiv. starts64
Team starts15
Overall titles2 – (1983, 1984)

Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi (née Hämäläinen; born 10 September 1955) is a Finnish former cross-country skier.

Career[edit]

She was the big figure at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, winning all three individual cross-country skiing events (5, 10 and 20 km), and a bronze medal for Finland in the relay. In the process, she became the most successful athlete at the 1984 Winter Olympics. At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, she won another relay bronze medal, and at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, she won two more bronze medals in the 5 and 30 km.

At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Kirvesniemi won three golds in the 10 km (1989) and 4 × 5 km (1978, 1989), and five silvers in the 5 km (1985, 1991), 10 km (1985) and 15 km (1989, 1993). She also won the 20 km double pursuit at the 1989 Holmenkollen ski festival.

Kirvesniemi won the Holmenkollen medal in 1989. Her husband, Harri, would be awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1998. They were the third husband-and-wife pair that won this prestigious honor. They are the only married couple to have both competed at six Olympics, and are among the only five Finns to have done so - the others being Raimo Helminen (ice hockey), Teemu Selänne (ice hockey), Kyra Kyrklund (dressage), and Juha Hirvi (shooting).

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[1]

Season titles[edit]

  • 2 titles – (2 overall)
Season
Discipline
1983 Overall
1984 Overall

World Cup standings[edit]

 Season   Age  Season standings
Overall
1982 27 18
1983 28 1
1984 29 1
1985 30 10
1988 33 3
1989 34 6
1991 36 17
1992 37 10
1993 38 8
1994 39 10

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 11 victories
  • 27 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1  1982–83  12 December 1982 Italy Val di Sole, Italy 5 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
2 25 February 1983 Sweden Falun, Sweden 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
3 5 March 1983 Finland Lahti, Finland 5 km Individual C World Cup 1st
4 12 March 1983 Norway Oslo, Norway 20 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
5 20 March 1983 United States Anchorage, United States 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
6 27 March 1983 Canada Labrador City, Canada 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
7 1983–84 17 December 1983 France Autrans, France 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
8 9 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 10 km Individual C Olympic Games[1] 1st
9 12 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 5 km Individual C Olympic Games[1] 1st
10 18 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 20 km Individual C Olympic Games[1] 1st
11 25 February 1984 Sweden Falun, Sweden 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
12 8 March 1984 Norway Oslo, Norway 20 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
13  1984–85  19 February 1985 Austria Seefeld, Austria 10 km Individual C World Championships[1] 2nd
14 21 February 1985 Austria Seefeld, Austria 5 km Individual C World Championships[1] 2nd
15 1987–88 19 December 1987 West Germany Reit im Winkl, West Germany 5 km Individual F World Cup 1st
16 17 March 1988 Norway Oslo, Norway 30 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
17 1988–89 17 February 1989 Finland Lahti, Finland 10 km Individual C World Championships[1] 1st
18 21 February 1989 Finland Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual C World Championships[1] 2nd
19 4 March 1989 Norway Oslo, Norway 20 km Individual C World Cup 1st
20  1990–91  12 February 1991 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 5 km Individual C World Championships[1] 2nd
21  1991–92  4 January 1992 Russia Kavgolovo, Russia 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
22 7 March 1992 Sweden Funäsdalen, Sweden 5 km Individual C World Cup 1st
23  1992–93  9 January 1993 Switzerland Ulrichen, Switzerland 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
24 19 February 1993 Sweden Falun, Sweden 15 km Individual C World Championships[1] 2nd
25  1993–94  8 January 1994 Russia Kavgolovo, Russia 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
26 15 February 1994 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 5 km Individual C Olympic Games[1] 3rd
27 24 February 1994 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 30 km Individual C Olympic Games[1] 3rd

Team podiums[edit]

  • 1 victory
  • 8 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1  1983–84  15 February 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 4 x 5 km Relay Olympic Games[1] 3rd Määttä / Hyytiäinen / Matikainen
2 26 February 1984 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4 x 5 km Relay World Cup 2nd Hyytiäinen / Määttä / Savolainen
3  1984–85  10 March 1985 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4 x 5 km Relay World Cup 3rd Määttä / Hyytiäinen / Matikainen
4  1987–88  21 February 1988 Canada Calgary, Canada 4 x 5 km Relay F Olympic Games[1] 3rd Määttä / Matikainen / Savolainen
5 13 March 1988 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4 x 5 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Matikainen / Hyytiäinen / Määttä
6 1988–89 23 February 1989 Finland Lahti, Finland 4 x 5 km Relay M World Championships[1] 1st Määttä / Savolainen / Matikainen
7  1990–91  10 March 1991 Sweden Falun, Sweden 4 x 5 km Relay C World Cup 3rd Lukkarinen / Lahtinen / Savolainen
8  1991–92  8 March 1992 Sweden Funäsdalen, Sweden 4 x 5 km Relay C World Cup 3rd Riikola / Lukkarinen / Savolainen
9  1993–94  4 March 1994 Finland Lahti, Finland 4 x 5 km Relay C World Cup 3rd Lukkarinen / Pyykkönen / Lahtinen

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. ^ "Athlete : KIRVESNIEMI HAEMAELAEINEN Marja-Liisa". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 27 February 2018.

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