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Eero Mäntyranta

Participated in four Olympics Games and received three gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.

2017-01-2610:18 Mona Lisa Skipnes

Eero Mäntyranta, born in 1937 in Pello, was one of the most awarded cross-country skiers Finland has ever fostered. He learned to ski when he learned to walk and got a good foundation when he had to ski to school. Mäntyranta participated in four Olympics Games and received three gold, two silver, and two bronze medals. In addition, he acquired two gold, two silver and a bronze medal in the World Championships.

He is a great role model for many of today’s young athletes. There is a museum in honor of the cross-country star in his hometown Pello. With great joy and zeal he trained and mentored children and juniors. Eero Mäntyranta has been awarded the Holmenkollen Medal and the Ministry of Education’s Professional Sports Award.

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.