Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi

Olympic medalist

Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi (born September 10, 1955 in Simpele). Is a former Finnish cross-country skier. She was the big figure at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, winning all three individual Cross-country skiing events (5, 10 and 20 km), and a bronze medal for Finland in the relay. At the 1988 Olympics in Calgary she won another relay bronze medal, and at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer she won two more bronze medals in the 5 and 30 km.

At the Nordic skiing World Championships, Kirvesniemi won 2 Golds in the 10km and 4 x 5km relay (Both 1989), and 3 Silvers in the 10km (1985) and 15km {1989, 1993). She also won the 20km Double Pursuit at the 1989 Holmenkollen ski festival.

Kirvesniemi won the Holmenkollen medal in 1989. Her husband, Harri, would be awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1998. They were the third husband and wife pair that won this prestigious honor.