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Hannu Manninen

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Hannu Manninen

Hannu Manninen
  • Birth date 4/17/1978
  • Birthplace Rovaniemi
  • Residence Nummela
  • Height/Weight 6'2"/ 182 lbs
  • Olympics 2002, 1998, 2006, 2010

Biography

Born five miles from the Arctic Circle, Hannu Manninen of Finland has competed in five Olympic Games: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010. In 1994, he placed 38th in what was then known as the individual event, and is now known as the normal hill. He was 15 years old and had not yet raced in a World Cup event. In 1998, he won a team silver medal and finished 11th on the normal hill. In 2002, he competed in two sports: cross-country skiing as well as Nordic combined. In cross-country skiing, he finished 8th in the men’s sprint. In Nordic combined, he won a team gold medal, finished 14th on the normal hill, and seventh on the large hill. At the Torino Games, he won a team bronze medal, and finished ninth and 12th on the normal hill and large hill, respectively. He competed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where his best finish was fourth on the large hill. He finished 13th in the normal hill and seventh in the team event.

Manninen’s siblings were also competitive athletes. His older brother Karl – who was also born in April 17 but two years earlier – and Manninen started Nordic combined at the same time and would compete against each other. Karl retired in 2000. His sister, Pirjo, won three gold world championship medals in cross-country skiing. Hannu and Pirjo were the first brother-sister duo to win gold medals at the same Nordic World Ski Championships, which they did in 2007.

Manninen has retired twice: once in 2008 when his son Niila was born, and again in 2011 when he was focusing on earning his pilot’s license. He returned for the second time in August 2016, and was awarded a “Comeback of the Year” prize, winning one free Ironman entry. He also competes in triathlon, which he says will take a backseat to his Nordic combined training.
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Getting to know Hannu Manninen

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He stands 6-foot-2, which he says is an advantage in cross-country skiing, but not ski jumping

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He is a full-time airline pilot

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He speaks Finnish, English and Swedish

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