Tanja Poutiainen

Took a total of two World Cup silver medals, two World Championship bronze and an Olympic silver.

2017-01-2609:55 Mona Lisa Skipnes

Tanja Poutiainen, born 1980, is a alpine skier from Rovaniemi. In 1997 she became junior world champion in the slalom and took bronze in the Super-G. The same year she participated in her first World Cup slalom run.

Poutiainen got her real breakthrough to the world’s leading skiers during the season 2003/04, when she on home ground in Levi won her first World Cup slalom. She took a total of two World Cup silver medals (in slalom and giant slalom) and two World Championship bronze medals (in slalom and giant slalom) and an Olympic silver medal in giant slalom.

Poutiainen also played age specific football. She won three Finnish championships with Rovaniemi Football Club. In 2008 Poutiainen was awarded the prize for this year’s model athlete at the Norwegian Sports Gala.

When Barents Winter Games takes place in Luleå 16-18 March 2018, more than 1000 young athletes from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia will compete in 15 different sports, including three parasports.