Samppa LAJUNEN

Finland FIN

Nordic Combined

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
    2 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Nagano 1998
  • Year of Birth
    1979
Olympic Results

Biography

Samppa LAJUNEN

Samppa Lajunen entered his first cross-country race when he was only two years old. By the time he was five, he was skiing 300 miles a year. He added ski jumping to his pursuits when he was 9 years old. In 1997, Lajunen, still only 17 years old, won the overall World Cup title in Nordic combined.

First Olympic champion in the sprint

The following year he earned silver medals at the Olympic Games in Nagano in both the individual and team events. A third Nordic combined event, the sprint, was added for the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and Lajunen took full advantage of the expanded programme. In the individual event, Lajunen trailed teammate Jaako Tallus after the ski jump and gave up 53 seconds at the start of the 15km race. However he came from behind and won by 24.7 seconds. In the team event, Lajunen recorded the two best jumps of the competition and then anchored the Finnish team to victory. He earned a third gold medal in the sprint.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Salt Lake City 2002

G
Individual
Individual Nordic Combined
G
Sprint
Sprint Nordic Combined
G
Team
Team Nordic Combined
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Nagano 1998

S
Individual
Individual Nordic Combined
S
Team
Team Nordic Combined