- Yes, I knew it. In general, I was aware of what happened in the sport. None of this was new or surprising to me.
Suvi Paavola took the leaf from the mouth, when she on Friday allowed themselves to be interviewed in Finnish tv.
She refers to the historic and scandalous time, where Finnish and international cross-country was shaken to its foundations at the beginning of the millennium - and how her ex-husband, the now deceased Mika Myllylä, became the focal point and the protagonist of the famous doping cases.
Suvi was at that time still married to Myllylä, who was among the world's largest langrendsstjerner.
the world cup on home soil in Lahi radically changed on it.
For here was he, and five other countrymen his feet in dopingtests, which remains the biggest scandal in the international cross-country skiing.
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Myllylä later conceded the use of Epo. He died 41 years old in 2011.
According to the previous toptræner Kari-Pekka Kyrö was the Finnish cross country skiers subjected to a systematic doping abuse.
According to Suvi Paavola was not very nice to witness.
It felt bad to keep quiet about. But topidrætsudøvere live in a kind of bubble. It consists of many factors and goes quickly. It is something that in one way or another remained in the background, she told in the tv interview, which is reproduced in several Finnish media the day then including Ilta Sanomat.
Mika Myllylä won the WORLD cup gold in Austria in 1999. Ago stiff smile. Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AP/Ritzau Scanpix
To langrendssporten was marked by doping up through the 1990's was last year told by another of the big stars from back then, Norwegian Vegard Ulvang, who, together with Bjørn Dæhlie was the best.
- There were experiences with dopingkontrollen in the 90's, where there were runners, who were taken to have tampered, but where it was not communicated. It was an unpleasant feeling, he said at that time to the NRK.
- I think that it is very well-known stories, which are known also in pressekredse. We shall not go into detail with it now. But then there were not equally strong will, and the recording equipment was too bad. You must also have evidence in some such cases, said Ulvang.
Mika Myllylä was one of the 1990s'the absolute largest langrendsstjerner and among Finland's biggest stars. He won both gold, silver and bronze medals at both the OLYMPICS and the WORLD cup. But everything went into pieces in the days in Lahti.
The positive tests and the deraffølgende two-year quarantine smashed the lives of the family, told Suvi Paavola.
- We were persecuted, and people observed everything we did. Of course it hurts to hurt the nearest. Fortunately, there was no social media back then, but the amount of letters and cards was shocking, she told.
the Vast majority were negative in nature.
It was cruel and degrading texts, she told.
Mika Myllylä subsequently tried to make a comeback, but he reached as 'pure' never up at the same level, and he set career in the 2004-05 season. Ago followed some terrible years, where he had personal problems with, among other substances, and he was taken in driving under the influence.
A summer day in 2011, he was found dead of a comrade.
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