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JARVELA Maija
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Finland   
GenderWomen
Age34
Place of BirthRaahe, FIN
Height1.58 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Classification
LW8, LW8
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Other names
Maija Loytynoja
Residence
Ylivieska, FIN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Finnish
Higher education
Engineering - Centria University of Applied Sciences: Ylivieska, FIN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up skiing at age 14 in Finland. She began competing at an elite level in 2003 in Norway.
Why this sport?
Her younger sister encouraged her to try skiing, and she developed her own passion for biathlon.
Club / Team
Saloisten Salama: Raahe, FIN
Name of coach
Toni Myllyla [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Finland
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in biathlon [3km pursuit] at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
Her grandfather. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Finnish Nordic combined skier Hannu Manninen. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2014)
Injuries
She suffered a knee injury in 2008 that limited her 2008/09 season. She underwent surgery in May 2009. (yle.fi, 05 Feb 2010)
Awards and honours
She was nominated for the Breakthrough Award at the 2010 Finnish Sports Gala Awards in recognition of her performances that year, which included a Paralympic silver medal. (paralympia.fi, 30 Nov 2010)
Other sports
She has competed in cross-country skiing. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Feb 2014)
Impairment
The nerves in her left arm were affected at birth, resulting in reduced function. "My left hand appears normal, but it doesn't work as well as my right hand." (Athlete, 09 Mar 2014; ujo5.wordpress.com, 08 Mar 2010)
Other information
LANDMARK
Her silver medal in biathlon [3km pursuit] at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver was Finland's first medal at the 2010 Games, and the nation's first winter Paralympic medal since 2002. (savonsanomat.fi, 14 Mar 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 7.5km Sprint - Standing 28:44.7
2 2010 3km Pursuit - Standing 10:57.5
6 2010 12.5km Individual - Standing 52:18.8
4 2014 6km Sprint - Standing 20:03.5
8 2014 10km Middle - Standing 34:22.3
8 2014 12.5km Individual - Standing 43:50.0
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2006 5km - Standing 17:24.9
8 2006 10km - Standing 41:19.9
8 2006 15km - Standing 1:05:14.4
9 2010 5km Classic Style - Standing 20:05.1
6 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
4 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 4:36.3
8 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 29:55.1
8 2014 5km Freestyle - Standing 15:11.1
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Standing 37:04.4
4 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Standing  
7 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Standing 58:17.9
4 2010/2011 3km Pursuit - Standing 13:07.5
3 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Standing 27:24.0
3 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Standing 51:39.4
8 2012/2013 6km Sprint - Standing 22:27.7
7 2012/2013 10km Middle - Standing 36:03.2
3 2012/2013 12.5km Individual - Standing 44:58.5
3 2014/2015 6km Sprint - Standing 19:17.5
  2014/2015 10km Middle - Standing  DNF
3 2014/2015 12.5km Individual - Standing 41:34.6
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
5 2004/2005 10km - Standing 37:55.9
6 2004/2005 5km - Standing 19:14.9
5 2004/2005 15km - Standing 55:19.6
  2008/2009 15km Classic Style LW2-9  DNF
10 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW2-9  
5 2010/2011 5km - Standing 16:23.7
5 2010/2011 15km - Standing 58:20.6
3 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Standing  
6 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Standing  
  2012/2013 15km - Standing  DNF
7 2012/2013 5km - Standing 17:27.8
4 2014/2015 15km - Standing 48:24.4
9 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Standing  
6 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 34:01.6
8 2014/2015 5km - Standing 18:15.9