Sanni Leinonen

Sanni Leinonen Maaria ( born November 8, 1989 in Siilinjärvi ) is a former Finnish ski racer. She specializes in the slalom and giant slalom. My twin brother Kalle Leinonen was successful as a freestyle skier.


In November 2004, Leinonen took part for the first time in FIS races, bets in the European Cup was followed in January 2006. February 3, 2006, she played her first World Cup race, the giant slalom in Ofterschwang. World Cup points they won for the first time on 11 November 2006, No. 21 in the slalom in Levi. Only six weeks later, she went tenth in the slalom in Semmering first time in the top 10. In the next few years, she was able to place several times among the fastest 20, before the seventh place in the slalom in Maribor reached her second top-10 result and at the same time best World Cup result on 17 January 2010.

Leinonen took part in the 2007 World Championships in Åre. There, she reached the fourth place in the team competition with the Finnish team. At the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isere her best result was the eleventh place in the slalom. At the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 she left in the slalom and scored only the 30th place in the giant slalom. At the 2011 World Championships Leinonen was unable to attend. On January 17 of the year they had suffered a torn ACL in the European Cup slalom in Tarvisio, which meant an early end of the season. After they had remained in the following season 2011/2012 with no World Cup points, she gave her resignation in August 2012 from ski racing known.


Olympic games

  • Vancouver 2010: 30 Giant Slalom

World Championships

  • Åre 2007: 4 team competition, 30 Slalom, Giant Slalom 31
  • Val d'Isere 2009: 11 Slalom, Giant Slalom 21

Junior World Championships

  • Altenmarkt / Flachau 2007: 13 Giant Slalom
  • Formigal 2008: 11 Super -G
  • Garmisch -Partenkirchen 2009: 6 Slalom, Giant Slalom 24, 22, Super -G

World Cup

  • 2 rankings in the top 10

Other successes

  • 3 Finnish Champion title (Super -G 2007 Super Combined in 2009, Slalom 2010)
  • 12 wins in FIS races