Pauli Siitonen

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Pauli Siitonen
Pauli Siitonen 1972.jpg
Pauli Siitonen c. 1972
Born(1938-02-02)2 February 1938
Simpele, Finland
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

Pauli Ensio Siitonen (born 3 February 1938) is a retired Finnish cross-country skier. He was one of the most successful long-distance cross-country skiers of the 1970s, and in 1973 became the second Finnish skier to win Vasaloppet.[1] Siitonen competed at the 1968 Olympics,[2] and won the Finlandia-hiihto in Finland and König-Ludwig-Lauf in West Germany.

Siitonen is credited with popularizing the so-called Siitonen-step (or "marathon skate"), the precursor to modern skating technique in cross country skiing.


  1. ^ "Vasaloppet" (PDF) (in Swedish). Vasaloppet. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  2. ^ Pauli Siitonen.