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Tanja Kari


Cross-country skiing




Amputee (right arm)

Paralympic results

TIGNES-ALBERTVILLE 1992: gold medal short distance 5 km, gold medal long distance 10 km

LILLEHAMMER 1994: gold medal 5 km classical technique, gold medal 5 km free technique, silver medal 10 km classical technique

NAGANO 1998: gold medal 15 km classical technique, gold medal 5 km classical technique, gold medal 5 km free technique

SALT LAKE CITY 2002: gold medal 5 km classical technique standing, gold medal 10 km free technique standing, gold medal 15 km free technique standing, bronze medal 3x2.5 km relay open

Nine time world champion between 1990 and 2002

Among top 30 Finnish national nordic skiers (able bodied)

2003 Laureus World Sports Award Nomination – World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Other sporting achievements

Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

Lahti 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships Advisory Board

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes Council (2002-2005)

IPC Nordic Skiing Committee Development Coordinator (2002-2006)

IPC Development Working Group (2005-2006)

2005 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Fort Kent – Member of Competition Jury

Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games IPC Appointed Member of Competition Jury for Nordic Events

IPC Anti-doping Committee (2006-2008)

World Anti-doping Agency Athlete’s Committee (2005-2008)

University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics Rehabilitation Centre TRAILS Executive Committee

Finnish Paralympic Committee Coaching Advisory Commission (2003-2007)

Finnish Anti-doping Agency Education Task Force (2003-2005)

Finnish Sport Federation “Tolerance in Sport” Committee (2003-2005)

Other related activities

Appointed as an Ambassador for "Helsinki 2006 Olympic Bid Campaign"

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