Mirja Hietamies

Mirja Kyllikki Hietamies-Eteläpää (7 January 1931 – 14 March 2013)[1] was a cross-country skier from Finland who competed at the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics. She won a gold medal in the 3 × 5 km relay in 1956 and a silver medal in the individual 10 km race in 1952, placing sixth in 1956. She also won two medals at the 1954 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a silver in the 3 × 5 km relay and a bronze in the 10 km.[2]

Mirja Hietamies
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Personal information
Full nameMirja Kyllikki Hietamies-Eteläpää
Born7 January 1931
Lemi, Finland
Died14 March 2013 (aged 82)
Savitaipale, Finland
Height162 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Weight52–54 kg (115–119 lb)
Sport
SportCross-country skiing
ClubLemin Eskot

Hietamies placed second over 10 km at Holmenkollen in 1951. Later she won this event at the Finnish championships in 1953 and 1956 and at the Lahti Ski Games in 1954 and 1955. In 1955 she was selected as Finland's female athlete of the year.[1]

Hietamies retired after the 1956 Olympics and the same year married Olli Eteläpää. She later worked as a skiing coach and physical education teacher,[1] and was a board member of the Finnish Skiing Federation from 1965 to 1967.[2]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[3]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 2 medals – (1 gold, 1 silver)
 Year   Age   10 km  3 × 5 km 
 relay 
1952 21 Silver N/A
1956 25 6 Gold

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 2 medals – (1 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   10 km  3 × 5 km 
 relay 
1954 23 Bronze Silver

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Mirja Eteläpää. hs.fi (obituary in Finnish)
  2. ^ a b Mirja Hietamies. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ "HIETAMIES Mirja". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 18 December 2019.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
  Siiri Rantanen
Finnish Sportswoman of the Year
1955
Succeeded by
  Siiri Rantanen