Former Olympic champion Myllyla dies at 41

Updated: 2011-07-06 09:25


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Former Olympic champion Myllyla dies at 41

Finnish skier Mika Myllyla is seen after winning the men's 30km cross country race at the Nagano Olympics in this file photo taken in 1998. Myllya, aged 41, has been found dead at his home in Kokkola, police officials said July 5, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

HELSINKI - Former Olympic cross-country skiing champion Mika Myllyla was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday, Finnish media reports said.

The Finn, who was 41, won six Olympic medals including gold in the 30-kilometre race at the 1998 Nagano Games. A former world champion, he retired in 2005 after a career that was overshadowed by a doping scandal 10 years ago.

Police did not provide further information on his death apart from saying there was no crime involved, the reports said.

Myllyla failed a doping test at the 2001 world championships, receiving a two-year ban from competition.



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