Harri Kirvesniemi

Harri Tapani Kirvesniemi (born 10 May 1958 in Mikkeli) is a Finnish former cross-country skier who competed from 1980 to 2001. During his career he won six Olympic medals (all bronzes), and also the 50 km event at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 2000. He retired after being caught doping at the 2001 World Championship in Lahti.

Harri Kirvesniemi
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Kirvesniemi in February 2017
Country Finland
Full nameHarri Tapani Kirvesniemi
Born (1958-05-10) 10 May 1958 (age 63)
Mikkeli, Finland
Spouse(s)
(m. 1984; div. 2011)
Ski clubMikkelin Hiihtaejaet
World Cup career
Seasons19822001
Individual wins6
Team wins7
Indiv. podiums16
Team podiums23
Indiv. starts127
Team starts37
Overall titles0 – (3rd in 1982, 1984)
Discipline titles0
Medal record
Men's cross-country skiing
Representing  Finland
International nordic ski competitions
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 0 0 6
World Championships 1 3 4
Total 1 3 10
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Lake Placid 4 × 10 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Sarajevo 15 km
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Sarajevo 4 × 10 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Albertville 4 × 10 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Lillehammer 4 × 10 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Nagano 4 × 10 km relay
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1989 Lahti 15 km classical
Silver medal – second place 1989 Lahti 4 × 10 km relay
Silver medal – second place 1995 Thunder Bay 4 × 10 km relay
Silver medal – second place 1997 Trondheim 4 × 10 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Oslo 15 km
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Oslo 4 × 10 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1985 Seefeld 30 km
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Val di Fiemme 4 × 10 km relay
Disqualified 2001 Lahti 4 × 10 km relay

CareerEdit

His biggest successes though were at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, where he earned a total of eight medals. This included one gold (15 km: 1989), three silvers (4 × 10 km relay: 1989, 1995. 1997), and four bronzes (15 km: 1982, 30 km: 1985, 4 × 10 km relay: 1982 (shared with East Germany), 1991). In 1998, he earned the Holmenkollen medal (shared with Fred Børre Lundberg, Larissa Lazutina, and Alexey Prokurorov). He was married to Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi, who won the Holmenkollen medal in 1989. This makes them the third husband-wife team to ever win the Holmenkollen medal.

During the 2001 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, he tested positive for use of the banned plasma expander Hemohes together with five fellow Finnish cross-country skiers. This resulted in the disqualification of the gold-medal winning Finnish relay team. Following the scandal, Kirvesniemi retired from competitive skiing. In 2013, he received a 6-month suspended sentence after the Helsinki District Court found that he had committed perjury when witnessing to the court in 2011 that he was unaware of any doping use in the 1990s.[1]

Presently Kirvesniemi works as the Plant Manager and Board Member at Yoko Ski.

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[2]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 6 medals – (6 bronze)
 Year   Age   10 km   15 km  Pursuit   30 km  50 km  4 × 10 km 
 relay 
1980 21 N/A 8 N/A 18 Bronze
1984 25 N/A Bronze N/A 7 4 Bronze
1988 29 N/A 8 N/A 9 22 8
1992 33 6 N/A 11 10 Bronze
1994 35 9 N/A DNS 12 Bronze
1998 39 13 N/A DNS 6 Bronze

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 8 medals – (1 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze)
 Year   Age   10 km  15 km
 classical 
 15 km
 freestyle 
 Pursuit  30 km  50 km  Sprint  4 × 10 km 
 relay 
1982 23 N/A Bronze N/A N/A 9 N/A Bronze
1985 26 N/A 6 N/A N/A Bronze 7 N/A 4
1987 28 N/A 12 N/A N/A 4 7 N/A 6
1989 30 N/A Gold N/A 4 23 N/A Silver
1991 32 6 N/A N/A 5 N/A Bronze
1993 34 18 N/A N/A 10 N/A 4
1995 36 5 N/A N/A 7 6 N/A Silver
1997 38 8 N/A N/A DNF DNF N/A Silver
1999 40 13 N/A N/A DNF 13 N/A 5
2001 42 N/A 4 N/A 8 DSQ

World CupEdit

Season standingsEdit

 Season   Age 
Overall Long Distance Middle Distance Sprint
1982 23   N/A N/A N/A
1983 24 14 N/A N/A N/A
1984 25   N/A N/A N/A
1985 26 9 N/A N/A N/A
1986 27 17 N/A N/A N/A
1987 28 9 N/A N/A N/A
1988 29 15 N/A N/A N/A
1989 30 12 N/A N/A N/A
1990 31 12 N/A N/A N/A
1991 32 13 N/A N/A N/A
1992 33 7 N/A N/A N/A
1993 34 29 N/A N/A N/A
1994 35 12 N/A N/A N/A
1995 36 7 N/A N/A N/A
1996 37 21 N/A N/A N/A
1997 38 29 35 N/A 26
1998 39 38 37 N/A 36
1999 40 33 30 N/A 61
2000 41 14 5 16
2001 42 57 N/A N/A

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 6 victories
  • 16 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1  1981–82  23 February 1982   Oslo, Norway 15 km Individual World Championships[1] 3rd
2 19 March 1982   Štrbské Pleso, Czechoslovakia 15 km Individual World Cup 1st
3 27 March 1982   Kastelruth, Italy 15 km Individual World Cup 3rd
4  1983–84  10 December 1983   Reit im Winkl, West Germany 15 km Individual World Cup 2nd
5 13 February 1984   Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 15 km Individual Olympic Games[1] 3rd
6  1984–85  18 January 1985   Seefeld, Austria 30 km Individual World Championships[1] 3rd
7 3 March 1985   Lahti, Finland 50 km Individual World Cup 3rd
8 1986–87 10 January 1987   Canmore, Canada 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
9  1987–88  27 March 1988   Rovaniemi, Finland 50 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
10 1988–89 22 February 1989   Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual C World Championships[1] 1st
11  1989–90  10 March 1990   Örnsköldsvik, Sweden 30 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
12  1990–91  16 March 1991   Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
13 1993–94 12 March 1994   Falun, Sweden 30 km Individual C World Cup 1st
14 1994–95 14 January 1995   Nové Město, Czech Republic 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
15  1999–00  12 January 2000   Nové Město, Czech Republic 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
16 11 March 2000   Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual C World Cup 1st

Team podiumsEdit

  • 7 victories
  • 23 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1  1981–82  25 February 1982   Oslo, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay World Championships[1] 3rd Härkönen / Karvonen / Mieto
2  1983–84  16 February 1984   Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 4 × 10 km Relay Olympic Games[1] 3rd Ristanen / Mieto / Karvonen
3  1985–86  9 March 1986   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay F World Cup 3rd Hynninen / Ristanen / Karvonen
4  1986–87  19 March 1987   Oslo, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Laukkanen / Ristanen / Karvonen
5  1988–89  24 February 1989   Lahti, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 2nd Karvonen / Ristanen / Räsänen
6  1990–91  15 February 1991   Val di Fiemme, Italy 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 3rd Kuusisto / Isometsä / Räsänen
7  1991–92  18 February 1992   Albertville, France 4 × 10 km Relay C/F Olympic Games[1] 3rd Kuusisto / Räsänen / Isometsä
8  1993–94  22 February 1994   Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F Olympic Games[1] 3rd Myllylä / Räsänen / Isometsä
9 4 March 1994   Lahti, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Repo / Isometsä / Räsänen
10 1994–95 15 January 1995   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Hietamäki / Isometsä / Myllylä
11 12 February 1995   Oslo, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Hietamäki / Kuusisto / Repo
12 17 March 1995   Thunder Bay, Canada 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 2nd Hietamäki / Räsänen / Isometsä
13 26 March 1995   Sapporo, Japan 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Kuusisto / Repo / Isometsä
14 1995–96 14 January 1996   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Repo / Myllylä / Isometsä
15 1996–97 24 November 1996   Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Repo / Myllylä / Isometsä
16 8 December 1996   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Isometsä / Repo / Myllylä
17 28 February 1997   Trondheim, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 2nd Myllylä / Räsänen / Isometsä
18  1997–98  23 November 1997   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Isometsä / Repo / Taipale
19 6 March 1998   Lahti, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Myllylä / Repo / Isometsä
20  1998–99  14 March 1999   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Immonen / Myllylä / Repo
21  1999–00  19 December 1999   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Immonen / Myllylä / Isometsä
22 5 March 2000   Lahti, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Immonen / Kattilakoski / Repo
23  2000–01  26 November 2000   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Immonen / Myllylä / Repo

Note: 1 Until the 1999 World Championships and the 1994 Olympics, World Championship and Olympic races were included in the World Cup scoring system.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Passi, Minna (18 October 2013). "Ex-hiihtäjille ehdollista dopingjupakasta – oikeuden mukaan kolmikko käytti kiellettyjä aineita". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Athlete : KIRVESNIEMI Harri". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 27 February 2018.

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