Finnish hoppikonet Matti Nykänen died on Monday, 55-year-old. Now taken it called for the state to pay for the funeral.
It will be the first time in 30 years that it happens for a Finnish athlete. Tapani Niku, who took OLYMPIC bronze in the 18-kilometer during the first olympic winter games in Chamonix in 1924, was the previous sportsperson who was buried at the government's expense. It was in 1989.
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- I realize well that many believe a state funeral is appropriate for such a prominent athlete, " says Europe-, culture - and divided in Finland Sampo, Terho.
Only eight people have been buried at the government's expense in Finland since 1990. Among these is former prime minister Ahti Karjalainen and the former president Mauno Koivisto.
Nykänen won four OLYMPIC gold medals (three of them in Calgary in 1988) and five world CHAMPIONSHIP gold medals, while he in the world cup won 46 enkeltrenn and took four sammenlagtseirer. In the seasons 1982/83 and 1987/88 he went also to the top of the German-austrian hoppuka.New details about the Nykänens the last day