Siiri Rantanen

Siiri Johanna "Äitee" Rantanen (née Lintunen on 14 December 1924) is a retired cross-country skier from Finland. She competed in the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Olympics and won a medal in each of them: a gold and a bronze in the 3 × 5 km relay in 1956–60 and another bronze in the individual 10 km in 1952; she placed fifth and 15th over 10 km in 1956 and 1960, respectively. She also won five medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.[1]

Siiri Rantanen
Siiri Rantanen, Lahti 1958b.jpg
Rantanen at the 1958 World Championships
Personal information
Born (1924-12-14) December 14, 1924 (age 96)
Tohmajärvi, North Karelia
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight56–58 kg (123–128 lb)
Sport
SportCross-country skiing
ClubJoensuun Kataja
Lahden Hiihtoseura

Domestically Rantanen won six individual (10 km in 1954 and 1957–58; 5 km in 1960–1962) and five relay titles (1952, 1958–1961). Rantanen also won three Finnish titles in athletics: one individual in cross-country running in 1960 and two in 1961, in the 3 × 800 m relay and team cross-country; the same year she also became the Finnish champion in the 50 km cycling road race. She was selected as the Finnish female athlete of the year in 1954, 1956, 1958, and 1959. Rantanen worked as an upholsterer and continued competing in sports until her 80s.[1]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

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

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 3 medals – (1 gold, 2 bronze)
 Year   Age   10 km  3 × 5 km 
 relay 
1952 27 Bronze N/A
1956 31 5 Gold
1960 35 15 Bronze

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 5 medals – (3 silver, 2 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km  10 km  3 × 5 km 
 relay 
1954 29 N/A Silver Silver
1958 33 N/A Bronze Silver
1962 37 4 Bronze

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Siiri Rantanen". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ "RANTANEN Siri". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 19 December 2019.

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