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Harri Kirvesniemi

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 6
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameHarri Tapani•Kirvesniemi
Used nameHarri•Kirvesniemi
Nick/petnamesHartsu, Hartsa, Pomo
Born10 May 1958 in Mikkeli (FIN)
Measurements183 cm / 74 kg
AffiliationsMikkelin Hiihtäjät, Mikkeli (FIN)
NOC Finland

Biography

Harri Kirvesniemi had a very long career, over 20 years, as a competitive skier, but his career ended unexpectedly after the 2001 World Championships with a doping scandal. During his long career Kirvesniemi competed in six Winter Olympics between 1980 and 1998 and won a relay bronze at every Olympics except 1988 Calgary. He won his sixth Olympic bronze in the 15 km at the 1984 Olympics. With his six Olympic bronzes he shares a record of most Olympic bronzes with Heikki Savolainen, Aleksey Nemov and Franziska van Almsick, but they have won other Olympic medals as well. Kirvesniemi also competed at every World Championships between 1982 and 2001. His only title came in 1989, when he won the 15 km classical race. At the Worlds, he also won three silvers in the relay (1989, 1995, 1997) and four bronzes (1982 in the 15 km and relay, 1985 in the 30 km and 1991 in the relay). Kirvesniemi also won two bronzes at the 1981-82 and 1983-84 World Cup. Kirvesniemi made his last international appearance at the 2001 World Championships, where he was fourth in the 15 km classical race and also was a member of the Finnish relay team that finished first, but which was disqualified because Janne Immonen had tested positive for doping. After the World Championships, it was revealed that several other Finnish skiers, including Kirvesniemi, had tested positive for erythropoietin. Kirvesniemi was awarded the Holmenkollen Medal in 1998. In 1984 Kirvesniemi married the well-known cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen. After his sporting career ended Kirvesniemi has worked as the product manager with Karhu Sports.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1980 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Harri Kirvesniemi
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 8
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 18
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 3 Bronze
1984 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Harri Kirvesniemi
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 7
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 4
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 3 Bronze
1988 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Harri Kirvesniemi
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 8
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 9
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 22
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 8
1992 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Harri Kirvesniemi
10 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 6
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 10
10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men (Olympic) 11
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 3 Bronze
1994 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Harri Kirvesniemi
10 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 9
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 12
10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 3 Bronze
1998 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Harri Kirvesniemi
10 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 13
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 6
10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 3 Bronze

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1998 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony FIN Harri Kirvesniemi

Olympic family relations

Special Notes