Sara Kristiina Mustonen was a Finnish alpine skier. She is the youngest skier ever to win the Finnish alpine ski championship with her gold medal in the women’s slalom in 1977 when she was only 14 years old. Between 1975 and 1979 Mustonen won as many as 25 medals in Finnish alpine ski championships, 10 of which in women’s category. She won the slalom in 1977 and 1978, giant slalom in 1978 and 1979, and downhill in 1979. She represented the skiing club Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura of her native Rovaniemi and was a member of the Finnish alpine ski team since 1976. Sara Mustonen started her career as early as in April 1968 at the age of five landing second in the Lapland championships – in the category for girls under 10 years of age. In her next race a week later she finished first, the position she was to hold in her age group and beyond until her untimely death in September 1979. In 1973 she finished fourth at Italy’s Trofeo Topolino.
|Full name:||Sara Kristiina Mustonen|
|Born:||December 23, 1962|
|Died:||September 12, 1979|
|Ski club:||Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura|
About Sara Mustonen
Became the youngest skier to win the Finnish alpine ski championship after she took a gold medal at the 1977 women’s slalom at the age of 14.
She began racing professionally in 1975 when she was just 12 years old.
She died after falling down a crevasse while skiing in Austria.
She was born and raised in Rovaniemi, Finland.
She and fellow skier Sarah Burke both died during accidents at the peaks of their careers.
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