Finland’s Pyy: Why I love cross-country skiing

In the build-up to the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, Sini Pyy gives us an insight into her love of the sport. 27 Dec 2016
A female sit-skier takes to the trails

Sini Pyy of Finland competes in the women's short distance cros-country sitting at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

By By Louise Wood | For the IPC

“I don't think I can stop skiing until I have raced my perfect race."

Sini Pyy is Finland’s brightest young star in cross-country skiing. The 24-year-old made good progress last season in the World Cup ending the year in seventh place overall in the women’s sitting.

Her best result to date came on home snow in the first World Cup of the season in Vuokatti where she came third in the sprint claiming her first ever podium.

She has already achieved her aim for this season which was to finish in the top five and hopes to perform well at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Finsterau, Germany, from 10-19 February.

She started competing after sustaining spinal cord injuries in a car accident in 2010 and has already appeared at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and the 2015 Worlds.

Here Pyy talks about why she loves cross-country skiing.

Access to nature

“This will always be my No.1 reason for skiing, because sit-skiing is one of the best ways to get to experience nature and relax in a snowy forest. Growing up in northern Finland has made me respect and cherish the environment we live in and I would do anything to keep it intact. Racing allows me to experience nature all around the world, which is just amazing!”

A dream of the perfect race

“I don't think I can stop skiing until I have raced my perfect race. Perfect turns, fast skis, well timed rhythm changes and the feeling I gave my absolute all to the track. That is what I am looking for every time I put a bib on. Since there are still so many things to perfect it is very easy to stay motivated and excited about skiing every day.”

The people you meet through skiing

“I have met countless great and inspiring people during my skiing career. International friends and my teammates make travelling and racing even more fun and you can always find someone to help you with any question you can think of. I am sure I have made lifelong friendships through skiing and I hope to make many more.”

The Finsterau 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships will gather 135 of the world’s best biathletes and cross-country skiers from 25 countries between 10-19 February.