Pirjo Häggman

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Pirjo Häggman
Personal information
Born (1951-06-08) June 8, 1951 (age 66)
Sotkamo, Finland
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 54 kg (119 lb)
Sport
Sport Sprint
Club Jymy Sotkamo, HKV Helsinki

Pirjo Häggman (née Wilmi, born 8 June 1951) is a retired Finnish sprinter who specialized in the 400 metres.

Häggman was a member of the Finnish silver medal 4 × 400 m relay team at the 1974 European Athletics Championships in Rome. She competed at the 1972, 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics. 1976 Häggman finished fourth, losing the bronze medal by 0.01 seconds.[1]

In 1981 Häggman and Venezuelan Flor Isava-Fonseca were the first women to be elected as International Olympic Committee members.[2][3] She resigned in January 1999 due to the 2002 Winter Olympic bid scandal.[4] Häggman's ex-husband had been working as a paid consultant for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee during the bidding process.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports-Reference Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  2. ^ International Olympic Committee Factsheet, June 2012 Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  3. ^ Fuller,, Linda K. (2016). Female olympians : a mediated socio-cultural and political-economic timeline. New York: Palgrave Macmillan US. p. 41. ISBN 9781137594815. OCLC 966525012. 
  4. ^ "Second IOC member quits". BBC Sport. 22 January 1999. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Scarred by scandal". Toronto Sun. 28 March 1999. Retrieved 9 July 2013.