Hannu Kalevi Manninen (born 17 April 1978 in Rovaniemi) is a Finnish nordic combined athlete. Debuting at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer at the age of 15, he took his first medal three years later at the age of 18 when he won silver in the 4 × 5 km team event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. At the 2002 Winter Olympics, he won a gold medal in the 4 × 5 km team event at the age of 23. He has five other Nordic skiing World Championships medals, earning three golds (4 × 5 km team: 1999, 2007 and 7.5 km sprint: 2007) and two bronzes (4 × 5 km team: 2001, 2003). He has two other Olympic team medals as well (silver: 1998, bronze: 2006).
|Full name||Hannu Kalevi Manninen|
|Born||17 April 1978|
|Ski club||Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura|
|World Cup career|
|Seasons||1994–2008, 2009–2011, 2017–2018|
|Overall titles||4 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)|
Manninen formerly had the record for most wins (48) and most championship titles (4), after passing Kenji Ogiwara's records during the 2006–07 season, in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. He also has won the 7.5 km sprint event of the Nordic combined three times (2002, 2004, 2005) at the Holmenkollen ski festival.
As a cross country skier, he finished 8th in the individual sprint event at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Manninen announced his first retirement from competition on 29 May 2008 to focus on his family and a future career as an airline pilot. He made his comeback to World Cup on 28 November 2009 in Ruka (Kuusamo), Finland, where he finished 2nd. Day after he won his first race after comeback. The first race in 2010 took place in Oberhof Germany where Manninen won for the 47th time in his sporting career. He made his second comeback on 7 January 2017 in Lahti, Finland, where he finished 18th.
His younger sister, Pirjo is a cross-country skier who has also won several World Championship medals, including three golds at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (Individual sprint: 2001, 4 × 5 km: 2007, 2009). They are the first brother-sister combination to ever win gold medals at the same championships.
Manninen graduated from the Finnish Aviation Academy in 2011 and is working for Finnair as of 2016.
Cross-country skiing resultsEdit
All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).
|Year||Age||15 km||Pursuit||30 km||50 km||Sprint|| 4 × 10 km |
- ESPN.com May 29, 2008 announcement of Manninen's retirement. – accessed May 29, 2008.
- FIS Newsflash 177 on Manninen's potential retirement. April 30, 2008.
- Hannu Manninen at the International Ski Federation. Cross-country
- Hannu Manninen at the International Ski Federation. Nordic combined
- Holmenkollen winners since 1892 – click Vinnere for downloadable pdf file (in Norwegian)
- Official website
- Hannu Manninen Profile. International Ski Federation. March 27th 2018.
- ^ "IS: Hannu Manninen sai töitä lentäjänä". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 11 December 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- ^ Husu, Atte (28 November 2016). "Katseet kääntyvät Helsinki–Vantaan lentokentällä – Hannu Manninen aloitti uudessa työssään". Ilta-Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 28 November 2016.
- ^ "MANNINEN Hannu". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 16 January 2020.