Who am I?
An athletic engineer and a mother of 7 children who enjoys nature and sports. I am not old, but my joints are getting worn out from lifelong use (doing sports during seven pregnancies was apparently a killer), so I need to be selective about the activities I do. Not too much running anymore.
"She's crazy - but in a pretty good way"
"She has made our legs strong - dad takes more care of cooking"
"She yells a lot - Go Mom!"
"Skiing or hiking with her, there's no turning back - ever!"
"She always talks a lot - and explains and explains."
"Of course she wants to climb Everest - what else would she do with that mountain?"
"She is maybe from another planet!"
Optimist - started sailing when I was 6, several national championships and went to the world championships.
Tornado - my favorite boat ever, a quick and agile catamaran. We aimed for the Barcelona olympics 1992. Got married instead.
Laser Radial - in 2008 I decided to try an olympic class again, but found myself to be too small for that class.
Match Racing - the mental game of racing one opponent suits me well. If match racing was still in the olympics I would surely continue that. We were third in the national championship 2011 with Jessica and Jannina, our oldest daughters.
Other boats - For fun we have chartered big catamarans & monohulls in different places around the world. The sailship "Helena" is a favorite too.
Swimming - occasional hobby. In a 2-month project in the fall of 2013 I got a couple of medals in the nationals and broke two national records. Well, only for ladies 50 years old.
Biathlon - my winter-exercise for sailing, it's mental and physical. Had to stop it when always pregnant or breastfeeding.
Orienteering - my adult age hobby that suits the whole family. No big successes in Finland, but a few medals from France.
Ski Orienteering - I started it right after the birth of the 3rd kid, a really fun sport! I have some masters world championship medals.
Skiing - my favorite wintertime sport. The best is skating early in the morning in springtime on a hard icy crust on the soft snow, without any tracks, right through the forest.
Biking - I love my best bike so much that my husband is a bit jealous of it. He thinks I treat it better than him or that we have more fun together than with him :)