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Jenni Mikkonen of Finland at London 2012 Getty
27 Sep 2010
Athlete Stories

Jenni Mikkonen

Kayaker, Finland

Jenni Mikkonen is majoring in industrial management at the Tampere University of Technology in south-western Finland. She started canoeing in her home town of Lahti at the age of nine, and took up serious training when she was 14. Jenni holds multiple national solo kayaking titles. She competed in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and won bronze at the World Championships in 2006 and silver at the 2008 European Championships. Her main goal is an Olympic medal in London in 2012. Under the auspices of the IOC Athlete Career Programme, Jenni took part in a career seminar for athletes run by Adecco. “The main lesson I’ve learnt is that a sports career counts as valuable work experience.” Her Adecco adviser was Virpi Ojakangas-Palmunen, who is responsible for implementing the IOC Athlete Career Programme in Finland. Despite intensive training commitments, Jenni hopes to complete her bachelor’s degree in 2010 and a master’s in engineering before the London Games in 2012.

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