PyeongChang 2018: Finland names team

Para snowboard world champion Matti Suur-Hamari one of main medal hopes in 13-strong delegation 16 Feb 2018
Four people standing behind a group of six people in wheelchairs

Finland presented the athletes that will compete in the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

ⒸNPC Finland
By NPC Finland

The Finnish Paralympic Committee has announced the team for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. The country will be represented by 13 athletes in five of the six sports and has set a target of at least three medals in Korea.

Four years ago, Finland finished in 16.º place in the medals’ table in Sochi with one silver medal from Ilkka Tuomisto in the Para cross country men’s 20 km standing. Tuomisto is again one of the country’s biggest hopes alongside reigning Para snowboard world champion Matti Suur-Hamari.

“The team going to Korea has a combination of youth and experience. There are 13 athletes, six of whom are competing in the Games for the first time. Over the years, a few athletes have developed into potential medallists and hopefully we will have good results in PyeongChang,” said team leader Kimmo Mustonen.

Finland is the sixth most successful nation in the Paralympic Winter Games’ history with a total of 76 gold, 48 silver and 59 bronze medals. Para cross country is responsible for 88% of the medals won by the Finns in the Winter Paralympics.

Team Finland for PyeongChang 2018:

Para alpine skiing

Santeri Kiiveri

Para Nordic skiing

Ilkka Tuomisto

Sini Pyy

Juha Härkönen

Rudolf Klemetti (guide Jaakko Kallunki)

Inkki Inola (guide Vili Sormunen)

Para snowboard

Matti Suur-Hamari

Matti Sairanen

Wheelchair curling

Markku Karjalainen

Vesa Leppänen

Sari Karjalainen

Yrjö Jääskeläinen

Riitta Särösalo

The Paralympic Winter Games take place in PyeongChang, South Korea from 9-18 March. Tickets can be purchased here.