Riitta-Liisa Roponen
Sport: Cross-Country
Birthdate: May 6, 1978
Birthplace: Haukipudas, Finland
Residence: Haukipudas, Finland
Ht: / Wt: 5'3" / 118 lbs

The biographical information was provided by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

General Interests

Nickname: 'Ritu'. (, 02 Mar 2009)
Previous Names: Riita Liisa Lassila
Hobbies: Riding, baking, reading, spending time with her family and cooking. (, 02 Mar 2009)
Occupation: Coach, Athlete
Education: Sports Institute of Rovaniemi: Rovaniemi, Finland
Family: Husband Toni Roponen and daughter Ida [b. 2004]
Language spoken: Finnish, English
Club name: Oulun Hiihtoseura: Oulu, Finland
Coach: Toni Roponen [husband] (NOC, 20 Jan 2010)
Sporting Relatives: Her husband Toni Roponen is a former Finnish biathlon head coach. (Olympic News Service 2006)
Debut: 2001 for Finland (NOC, 01 Dec 2005)
Injuries: In 2008 she suffered from inflamed muscles in her shoulder and then in her hip. Although she didn't miss any of her training, both injuries required cortisone injections. (, 02 Mar 2009)
Marital status: Married

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Who am I?

As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.

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