Sami Repo

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSami Matti•Repo
Used nameSami•Repo
Born8 November 1971 in Simpele, Rautjärvi, Etelä-Karjala (FIN)
Measurements177 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsJoensuun Kataja, Joensuu (FIN)
NOC Finland
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


The high point of Sami Repo’s career was probably at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, when he won a bronze medal with the Finnish relay team, which was his only major international medal. He was also a member of the Finnish relay team at the 2001 World Championships that initially won a gold medal, but was later disqualified as all other members of the team (Janne Immonen, Mika Myllylä and Harri Kirvesniemi), except Repo, tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

During his career, which lasted from 1992-04, Repo competed at three Winter Olympics (1994-02) and five World Championships (1995-03), with his best individual finish at those competitions an 11th, which he achieved at the 2001 World Championships in both pursuit and the 15 km classical. Repo also had three podium finishes at World Cup events, finishing second in 10 km freestyle at Beitostølen in 2000, and third in the 10 km classical at Vuokatti in 1995 and the 10 km freestyle at Muonio in 1998. His best overall World Cup finish was 15th in the 1996-97 season. Domestically Repo won nine Finnish titles – 50 km in 1997, 1998 and 2002; 2002-03 pursuit, 2004 30 km freestyle, 2004 10 km freestyle, and the 2001 and 2004 relay. After finishing his sporting career, Repo graduated from the University of Turku with a law degree and later worked as a lawyer in Rauma.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1994 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Sami Repo
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 37
1998 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Sami Repo
10 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 18
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 34
10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men (Olympic) 20
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 3 Bronze
2002 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) FIN Sami Repo
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 21
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 40
10/10 kilometres Pursuit, Men (Olympic) 31
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Finland 11