Leena Pietilä

Irja Ester Helena "Leena" Pietilä,[1] married surname: Vainio (born 29 March 1925 – 20 May 2014)[2] was a Finnish figure skater. She was a two-time Nordic champion and a seven-time Finnish national champion.[3]

Leena Pietilä
Personal information
Full nameIrja Ester Helena Pietilä
Alternative namesLeena Vainio
Country representedFinland
Born(1925-03-29)29 March 1925
Rauma, Finland
Died20 May 2014(2014-05-20) (aged 89)
Mikkeli, Finland
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Skating clubHelsingfors Skridskoklubb
Training locationsHelsinki, Finland
Retiredc. 1953

Early lifeEdit

On 29 March 1925, Pietilä was born in Rauma, Finland.[4]


Pietilä was a figure skater for Helsingfors Skridskoklubb in Helsinki.[2] Pietilä placed 16th at the 1947 World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden; 13th at the 1950 European Championships in Oslo, Norway; and 13th at the 1951 European Championships in Zürich, Switzerland.

In February 1952, Pietilä represented Finland at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway, and finished 20th.[4]

After retiring from competition, Pietilä became an international figure skating judge and coach.[2]

Competitive highlightsEdit

Event 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953
Winter Olympics 20th
World Champ. 16th
European Champ. 13th 13th WD
Nordics 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd
Finnish Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
WD = Withdrew

Personal lifeEdit

On May 20, 2014, Pietilä died in Mikkeli, Finland. Pietilä was 89.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Leena Pietilä". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Leena Vainio 1925-2014" (in Finnish). Helsingfors Skridskoklubb; Finnish Figure Skating Association (STLL). 6 June 2014. Archived from the original on 2 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Yksinluistelu/Seniorit" [Finnish national champions] (in Finnish). Finnish Figure Skating Association. Archived from the original on 4 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Leena Pietilä". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2018.

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