Riitta-Liisa Roponen

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Personal Details
Name: Roponen
First name: Riitta-Liisa
Born in: Haukipudas (FIN)
Birthday: 06.05.1978
Home town: Haukipudas (FIN)
Civil Status: married
Ski Club: Oulun Hiihtoseura
Webpage: no website
Hobbies: reading, baking and friends

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Skis: Fischer
Poles: Leki
Gloves: Leki
Boots: Fischer
Glasses: Oakley
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When did you start with cross country skiing and why?
1982 ( I love ourdoor sports and in Finland, skiing was very typical way to do that)
When did you start skiing marathons and why?
I have done many long distance competitions in Finland already during the last years but this is my first year in the world series. I like to do long distance races, because I have very strong endurance bace.
What does long distance racing means to you?
At the moment it is new challenge for me.
Which race do you like best and why?
I like all kind of long distance races (both styles as well)
Best race ever?
It is still in normal world cups ( 2 victories ( Falun and Rybinsk )
Worst race ever?
2003 in Val Di Fiemme ( I was totally out of game)
Most important achievements?
3 World Championship Golds and 1 Bronze at Olympics
How do you prepare a season?
Many long training camps in Europe
Your goals for this season / overall?
I try to be on the podium in all ski marathons in which I start and I also looking forward to get a medal in Val Di Fiemme
What will you do when you stop skiing (professionally)?
At the moment it looks that I do not stop very soon :-) ..We will see what the future brings.
How can you relax best (after a hard race for example)?
I just relax and eat well.

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