Siiri Rantanen

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Siiri Rantanen
Siiri Rantanen, Lahti 1958b.jpg
Rantanen at the 1958 World Championships
Personal information
Born 14 December 1924 (1924-12-14) (age 92)
Tohmajärvi, North Karelia
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 56–58 kg (123–128 lb)
Sport Cross-country skiing
Club Joensuun Kataja
Lahden Hiihtoseura

Siiri Johanna "Äitee" Rantanen (née Lintunen on 14 December 1924) is a retired cross-country skier from Finland. She competed in the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Olympics and won a medal in each of them: a gold and a bronze in the 3×5 km relay in 1956–60 and another bronze in the individual 10 km in 1952; she placed 5th and 15th over 10 km in 1956 and 1960, respectively. She also won five medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.[1]

Domestically Rantanen won six individual (10 km in 1954 and 1957–58; 5 km in 1960–1962) and five relay titles (1952, 1958–1961). Rantanen also won three Finnish titles in athletics: one individual in cross-country running in 1960 and two in 1961, in the 3×800 m relay and team cross-country; the same year she also became the Finnish champion in the 50 km cycling road race. She was selected as the Finnish female athlete of the year in 1954, 1956, 1958, and 1959. Rantanen worked as an upholsterer and continued competing in sports until her 80s.[1]


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