In an unexpected turn of events, the Finnish Ski Federation has confirmed the return of veteran skier Riitta-Liisa Roponen to the competitive arena. The 45-year-old, who had officially ended her career with the national team, has been selected to compete in the World Cup races in Gällivare, Sweden, this upcoming weekend. Roponen's recent form, underscored by her defeat of accomplished skiers Krista Pärmäkoski and Kerttu Niskanen in a race at Olos, has sparked this remarkable comeback.
A Storied Career
With an illustrious career spanning numerous years, Roponen is no stranger to the world of skiing. Her trophy case boasts of seven World Championship medals, three of which are gold, and an Olympic bronze from 2010. Despite having stepped away from the national team, her recent performances have showed no signs of slowing down.
The Finnish Team's Challenges
The Finnish team, however, faces a few hurdles. Iivo Niskanen, a key figure in Finnish skiing, has chosen not to compete after the season opener in Ruka. Adding to the challenges, Johanna Matintalo, another member of the team, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to reports by Yle.
A Comeback to Watch
As the skiing world turns its eyes towards the World Cup races in Gällivare, Roponen's comeback is set to be a headline event. Her determination, coupled with her recent form, could well see her add to her impressive medal tally. As fans and fellow competitors eagerly await the weekend's races, Roponen's return to the fray is testament to the enduring spirit of sports.