Pirjo Muranen

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Pirjo Muranen
Pirjo Muranen Ski Sprint Praha 2010.jpg
Pirjo Muranen at Ski Sprint Prague, 2010
Personal information
Birth name Pirjo Elina Manninen
Full name Pirjo Elina Muranen
Nationality Finish
Born (1981-03-08) March 8, 1981 (age 36)
Rovaniemi
Occupation Athle
Years active 2000-2011
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Website www.pirjomanninen.net
Sport
Country Finland
Sport cross-country skiing

Pirjo Muranen (née Manninen, born March 8, 1981 in Rovaniemi) is a retired Finnish cross-country skier. She won a bronze medal in the 4 x 5 km relay at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Muranen won five medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with three golds (Individual sprint: 2001, 4 x 5 km: 2007, 2009), a silver (Team sprint: 2005, with Riitta-Liisa Lassila), and a bronze (Individual sprint: 2009). She married on 30 June 2007; previously known by her maiden name of Pirjo Manninen.

Muranen also has sixteen additional victories up to 15 km from 2000 to 2002. She is the younger sister of Nordic combined skier Hannu. At the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo, they became the first brother-sister combination to win gold medals at the same championships.

Muranen retired from the sport in April 2011. She has then worked as a cross-country skiing pundit and studio commentator for Finland's national public-broadcasting company Yle.

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