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4 Andreas Nygaard 25,204,937
5 Kasper Stadaas 24,731,571
6 Max Novak 24,408,540
7 Johan Hoel 24,239,242
8 Tord Asle Gjerd... 24,225,126
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10 Emilie Fleten 23,861,586
11 Stian Hoelgaard 23,820,021
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14 Herman Paus 23,515,423
15 Karstein Johaug 23,444,611
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17 Morten Eide Ped... 23,141,153
18 Runar Skaug Mat... 23,109,109
19 Amund Riege 23,044,039
20 Thomas Ødegaard... 22,858,194
21 Torleif Syrstad 22,823,158
22 Axel Jutterströ... 22,774,131
23 Marcus Johansso... 22,386,541
24 Magni Smedås 22,272,121
25 Petter Stakston 22,264,110
26 Eddie Edström 22,191,731
27 Chris Andre Jes... 22,150,822
28 Torgeir Sulen H... 21,672,716
29 Thomas Joly 21,571,165
30 Nils Dahlsten 21,377,545
31 Klas Nilsson 21,163,179
32 Joar Thele 20,952,782
33 Anders Aukland 20,900,567
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35 Vetle Thyli 20,533,206
36 Jan Šrail 20,312,327
37 Alvar Myhlback 20,273,712
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40 Jeremy Royer 19,887,147
41 Stian Berg 19,871,502
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45 Kati Roivas 19,340,721
46 Lina Korsgren 19,332,942
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Team Kaskipuu – Pro Team Presentation Season XIV

This gang of seven is one of the four Finnish Pro Teams in Ski Classics. There is a lot of experience on this team, and they will fight tooth and nail for the title of the best Finnish Pro Team this season.

Kari Varis is the leader of Team Kaskipuu, and he is one of the greatest long-distance skiers in Finland. He has won the biggest long-distance ski race in Finland so many times that he goes by the name of Mr. Finlandia-hiihto. He has also succeeded in many Worldloppet skating races taking several podium places. Additionally, he has taken many medals at the Finnish National Championships, and his latest one is the silver medal in the 50 km skating race right after Iivo Niskanen in 2021. Despite his great success, Kari has not actively been racing in Ski Classics, and most likely will not do so this season either. He might take part in some races, but he will leave the stage for his teammates.

Juuso Mäkelä and Veli-Matti Räsänen are the top skiers on the team, and they both are eager to raise the bar this winter. Juuso finished three Pro Tour races last season, and his best day happened at Marcialonga where he finished 33rd. Veli-Matti was a bit more active in Ski Classics than Juuso as he finished five races and managed to be among the top 38 skiers in three of them.

Matti Kaski and Tuomas Mikkonen represent the business side of things on the team, but they are skilled skiers as well. Matti was close to the top-100 club in the Pro Tour races he finished last winter while Tuomas was not far behind.

The two female skiers on Team Kaskipuu are close to the national top, and they managed to be in the top 10 at the Nationals. Oona Kettunen finished 10th in the 30 km classic race at the Finnish National Championships while Amanda Saari, a young upcoming star, was a little higher up in the result list by being 8th. Oona also showed that she has the needed capacity for long distances by winning Finlandia-hiihto, 62 km.

This team has great potential, but its female skiers may not be fully committed to racing in Ski Classics, which will hurt the team’s chances for valuable points. The two best male skiers need to up the ante and get into the top 30 on a regular basis if the team wants to take serious steps towards the ranking top.

Team Kaskipuu

  • Country: Finland
  • Pro Team Director: Kari Varis
  • Pro Team Ranking: 31


AthleteCountryGenderDate of BirthSC Ranking
Veli-Matti RäsänenFINM28.03.1994#132
Juuso MäkeläFINM21.03.1994#164
Matti KaskiFINM30.12.1976#340
Kari VarisFINM23.11.1983#353
Tuomas MikkonenFINM28.05.1977#2446
Amanda SaariFINW06.01.2000
Oona KettunenFINW10.02.1994

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