Date of Birth
Age begun canoeing?
Lakes in Jyväskylä and Kangasala.
High intensity sessions on water, ones with high lactate build-up, steadystate
resistance training. Other than kayak I enjoy long distance cross-country
In Finland Lahti and abroad Sevilla
Why do you enjoy
canoeing so much?
The difficulty to combine speed, endurance, power and good technique makes
it interesting and fun.
What is the current
situation with Canoe Kayak in Finland?
What is the sprinting structure like?
All in all we
are a small sport in Finland, with problems in finance and lack of a national
systematic training system. It´s a group of athletes working with
their personal coaches. In senior nationals there are about 15women and
25-30 men participating. To make kayak a bigger sport we'd need more club
coaches+knowledge on coaching etc. There are over 100 000 lakes here;
compared to that I think we're just too few.
training do you do for 200m?
Lactic speed endurance sessions 20"-> and alactic short sprints
about10" each, starts. During competition season 1-2 shortsprint
sessions a week.
What does your
typical day consist of?
Wake up at 7.30, first session kayak 9-11, lunch and rest/sleep or studying
if lucky, second session kayak/gym/run etc 16-18, dinner, streching etc,
again eating and then to bed.
How do you
feel that 200m is developing on the international scene?
There are not a many people who specialize in 200m. If it was an olympic
distance someday, this would propably change and some people would train
just for the 200m, performance level would surely raise. Now in women
its almost the same faces competing in 200 and 500meters
What current equipment
are you using and how does this benefit your
Bracsa4max, now testing Bracsa7min. Nelo Vanquish M. Chose the 4max because
felt comfortable with it in 500meters. For 200meters I'm not certain if
it's the best choice; might be a bit too heavy for me to get the strokerate
high enough without compromise in technic. Vanquish feels really comfortable
as did the Scorpion easy to get the speed up and keep it steady, also
the fittings inside suit me :) It's a good high quality boat
Do you have any
other interests other than kayak?
Reading and arts, skiing, coaching and relaxing with friends and family.
Eating loads of cheese.
How well are Finnish
The support we (the national team) get from our federation is minimal:
all training camps at home and abroad, international competitions (excluding
World Championships) we have to finance by ourselves. If you are in the
best16/olympic distances you'll get a personal stipend from National Olympic
Committee to cover part of the expences. If you're good enough to be among
the best 8., you'll get a monthly salary from Ministry of Education, which
is about 000euros/month. Rest of the money needed comes from the clubs,
personal sponsors and whatever you can think of. So in other words we're
far behind the big sports in Finland: athletics, skiing, ice hockey..
What is the
selection policy like in Finland?
National selection regatta + results of last season to decide the team
for world-cups and then for Worlds/Europeans selection is decided according
to international results in world-cups/other international regattas.
How long have you
spent on the team?
First time in senior team was in 1996. 1998 and 2000 was out because of
injury/operation of shoulders.
What is you favourite
distance (K1-2-4, 200, 500, 1000)?
Do you study and
if so what are you studying?
Sport and Health Sciences Master degree in Physiology, Department of Sports
Biology at the University of Jyväskylä. It's my fourth year
and there's probably 3 more to come ;)
How do you
feel about your overall performance this year?
Did my best results so far this year, both 200m & 500m. Quite happy
with that, but disappointed just missing the A-final in 500m
What do you wish
to improve upon for next year?
Hope to improve all aspects to be able to get a place for Athens in K-1.
More endurance for the last meters of the 500m and a more efficient technique
is what I'll be specially working on.
What do you
feel is the most important part of 200m racing?
The start, if you miss it, it's hard to have a good one..
Talk us through
your k1 200 race at gainsville?
Gave everything in 500m B-final 3,5hours before the 200m final. Muscles
were quite tired still in the warm up for the 200m, and really did not
have the best possible start, just not much power left :) it was an ok
race, was really concentraded, last 50m felt long
is a good idea! Always in sport I think its a big interest to see who
is the fastest, and this is just what 200 meters is about in kayak. Hope
there'll be research on the special physiological needs, equipment etc.
for 200m, and discussion on your site"