Top class seminar in Vuokatti brings back memories from PyeongChang

Why do Norwegians always win? What is behind the success of Swedes? How did Finns prepare for the men’s 50 kilometre skiing competition at the Winter Olympics?

The Post Olympic Winter Games 2018 seminar will be held in Vuokatti on 28–29 June 2018. The seminar offers top-level speakers from various Nordic countries, including management, coaching and service staff. Among Finnish speakers are Mika Kojonkoski, who will leave the position as the leader of the Finnish Olympic Committee’s High Performance Unit at the end of June, Olli Ohtonen, coach of the Olympic winner Iivo Niskanen, and Pasi Mustonen, coach of the women’s ice hockey Olympic bronze medal team. More detailed program and practical instructions are available at

The University of Jyväskylä’s Faculty of Sport and Health Studies and the KIHU Research Institute for Olympic Sports joined the Scandinavian Network for Elite Sport in 2017 The network organised a seminar in Gothenburg after the Rio Olympics, with the theme of Nordic countries’ success in summer sports. Now the faculty’s sport technology unit in Vuokatti and KIHU will organise a corresponding seminar on the Winter Olympics.

According to Ari Heinonen, Dean of the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences: “The Vuokatti unit and KIHU contributed significantly to the success of Finns in the Korea Olympic Winter Games. It is great that we get to organise such a prominent sport seminar with a convincing list of speakers. In the future, the faculty wants to be more visible in the field of top-level research in elite sports. The Scandinavian network and this type of seminars fit nicely in this strategy.”

For more information:
Professor Vesa Linnamo, tel. +358 405 044 800, vesa.linnamo(at)
Director Sami Kalaja, tel. +358 400 388 048, sami.kalaja(at)  
Scandinavian Network for Elite Sport at 

Last updated: 16.5.2018