Harri KIRVESNIEMI

Finland FIN

Cross-Country

  • Olympic Medals
    6 B
  • Games participations
    6
  • First Olympic Games
    Lake Placid 1980
  • Year of Birth
    1958
Olympic Results

Biography

Harri KIRVESNIEMI

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.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Nagano 1998

#13
10 kilometres, Classical
10 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
#DNS
10/15 kilometres Pursuit
10/15 kilometres Pursuit Cross Country Skiing
#6
30 kilometres, Classical
30 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
B
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lillehammer 1994

#9
10 kilometres, Classical
10 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
#DNS
10/15 kilometres Pursuit
10/15 kilometres Pursuit Cross Country Skiing
#12
50 kilometres, Classical
50 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
B
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Albertville 1992

#6
10 kilometres, Classical
10 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
#11
10/15 kilometres Pursuit
10/15 kilometres Pursuit Cross Country Skiing
#10
30 kilometres, Classical
30 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
B
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Calgary 1988

#8
15 kilometres, Classical
15 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
#9
30 kilometres, Classical
30 kilometres, Classical Cross Country Skiing
#22
50 kilometres, Freestyle
50 kilometres, Freestyle Cross Country Skiing
#8
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sarajevo 1984

B
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#7
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#4
50 kilometres
50 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
B
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lake Placid 1980

#8
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#18
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
B
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing