Eero MÄNTYRANTA

Finland FIN

Cross-Country

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
    2 S
    2 B
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Squaw Valley 1960
  • Year of Birth
    1937
Olympic Results

Biography

Eero MÄNTYRANTA

Gold in individual races

At the 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Mäntyranta added two more gold medals, winning the 30km race by 71.6 seconds and the 15km by 40.7 seconds. He also gained a silver medal in the relay.

Silver and bronze to finish the bouquet

In 1968, the skiier won a bronze medal at 30km and silver at 15km, missing gold in the latter race by less than two seconds. In the relay Eero skied the anchor leg for Finland. He managed to gain 26 seconds on Vyacheslav Vedenine of the USSR and passed him at the finish line to earn a final bronze medal.

Genetic mutation

Throughout his career, Mäntyranta was suspected of blood doping because his red blood count was 20% higher than that of other athletes. Thirty years later, scientists tested 200 members of his family and discovered that fifty of them, including the Olympian, were born with a rare genetic mutation that causes an increase in oxygen-rich red blood cells.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sapporo 1972

#19
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#DNF
50 kilometres
50 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Grenoble 1968

S
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
B
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
B
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
#15
50 kilometres
50 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1964

G
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
G
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
S
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
#9
50 kilometres
50 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Squaw Valley 1960

#6
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
G
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing