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Finland is a country known for their love of sports and physical activity. Over the years, several Finnish athletes have enjoyed international success. According to suomiveikkaus.com, after their love of sports, Finns are also known to enjoy betting on sports. Out of hundreds of athletes, here's our list of top Finnish athletes and betting favourites for Finnish sports betting fans.
Teemu Pukki is one of the best footballers in 2021 who plays as a striker for Norwich City. Since he joined the club in 2018, Pukki has scored 29 goals in the league for his team and helped his team to get promoted to the Premier League. He was even named the EFL Championship Player of the Season and was awarded the golden boot.
Another talented football player, Lukáš Hrádecký is the goalkeeper for the Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. His incredible ability to block the ball put him in the spotlight as one of the best keepers in the 2020 Euros, both for his ability and his unique style. There's no doubt that he was a central part of the Finnish national football team when they qualified for the first time for the 2020 UEFA European Championships.
Iivo Niskanen is considered to be one of the best cross-country skiers in the world today and not just in Finland. The two-time Olympic champion has consistently shown an uparalleled level of energy and dedication. According to the International Ski Federation, Niskanen ranked fourth in the world ranking of cross-country skiers and has won several bronze and gold medals both in the Olympics and the World Championships.
After an interesting career change from locksmith to pesapallo player, Toni Kohonen is known as one of the top pesapallo (or baseball) players today. He plays for Kouvola Ballbooters and has won an astounding 10 Finnish Championships. Named Baseball Player of the Year three times, there's no doubt he will keep adding to his collection of medals and awards.
Patrik Laine is a familiar name to any ice hockey fan, being one of the most successful and young players in his field. The young 23-year old was the second pick in the 2016 NHL draft and was highlighted as the IIHF World Championship's most valuable player in the same year. 2019-2020 was an even stronger season for Laine where he scored two goals for the Jets in the opening game in the season.
The captain of the NHL's Florida Panthers is another well-known ice hockey player and one of the best defensive forwards in ice hockey. Barkov was awarded the Frank J.Selke Trophy in 2021 after another stellar season in 2020-2021 when he led the Panthers to victory with 26 goals. The young athlete has been unstoppable since the start of his career, scoring at least 52 in the last six seasons he played in.
Henri Laaksonen is a Swiss-Finnish tennis player who has been playing since he was just three years old. At the young age of 16, Laaksonen was already named the European champion in the under-16 category. Fast forward to 2021, Laaksonen won the 2021 French Open match against Roberto Bautista Agut.
Enni Rukajärvi is a Finnish professional snowboarder and the first ever female to win the X Games Slopestyle in 2011. And if that wasn't already impressive, she's also the first Finnish female to win a medal at the X Games.
Nina Chydenius is a Finnish runner representing Gamlakarleby IF. The lightning-fast endurance runner won gold in the Kaleva Games and bronze in the Tampere 5000 meters in 2021. At the peak of her career Chydenius ranked third in the Nordic Champions (10,000 meters).
10. Ella Junnila
Ella Junnila is a 22-year old Finnish high jumper who represented Finland in the 2018 Athletics Championships. The following year, Junnila won bronze at the European Athletics U23 Championships. She also set a new Finnish record at 194cm at the Paavo Nurmi Games, making her one of the top high jumpers in Finland.
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Those who engage in regular exercise may lower their risk of developing anxiety by almost 60 per cent, finds a new study. The study, published in the journal 'Frontiers in Psychiatry', indicated that a group with a more physically active lifestyle had an almost 60 per cent lower risk of developing anxiety disorders over a follow-up period of up to 21 years.
"This association between a physically active lifestyle and a lower risk of anxiety was seen in both men and women," said researcher Martine Svensson from the Lund University in Sweden. Anxiety disorders -- which typically develop early in a person's life -- are estimated to affect approximately 10 per cent of the world's population and has been found to be twice as common in women compared to men.
he authors found a noticeable difference in exercise performance level and the risk of developing anxiety between male and female skiers. Photo by Anupam Mahapatra on Unsplash
The study is based on data from almost 400,000 people in one of the largest ever population-wide epidemiology studies across both sexes. The authors found a noticeable difference in exercise performance level and the risk of developing anxiety between male and female skiers.
While a male skier's physical performance did not appear to affect the risk of developing anxiety, the highest performing group of female skiers had almost the double risk of developing anxiety disorders compared to the group which was physically active at a lower performance level. "Importantly, the total risk of getting anxiety among high-performing women was still lower compared to the more physically inactive women in the general population," the authors said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: regular, exercise, health, care, women, men, running, exercise, anxiety, study, skiers
United States Soccer Federation President Cindy Parlow Cone said Friday the body hopes to "equalize" World Cup prize money for its men's and women's national teams as part of efforts to settle ongoing litigation with its women footballers. In an open letter addressed to U.S. fans, Parlow Cone said the gulf in prize money paid out by FIFA in the men's and women's tournaments was "by far the most challenging issue" facing U.S. Soccer in pay negotiations with men's and women's teams.
The question of World Cup prize money formed a prominent part of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. women's soccer team in 2019, which accused the USSF of "stubbornly refusing" to pay its men and women players equally. A federal judge later rejected the claim of pay discrimination, but the U.S. women have appealed. The 2019 lawsuit cited the discrepancy in World Cup prize money payments paid to the two teams in 2014 and 2015. The U.S. men received $5.375 million for reaching the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup, while the women received $1.725 million for winning the 2015 tournament.
"Until FIFA equalizes the prize money that it awards to the Men's and Women's World Cup participants, it is incumbent upon us to collectively find a solution." Photo by Jeffrey F Lin on Unsplash
The USSF has argued that its hands are tied because the prize money is set by FIFA, which awarded $38 million to France for winning the 2018 men's World Cup in Russia, but only $4 million to the American women for winning the 2019 Women's World Cup. "FIFA alone control those funds," Parlow Cone said in her letter on Friday. "And U.S. Soccer is legally obligated to distribute those funds based on our current negotiated collective bargaining agreements with the men's and women's teams."However, Parlow Cone said U.S. Soccer wants to bring the men's and women's national teams together to "rethink how we've done things in the past." "To that end, we have invited the players and both Players Associations to join U.S. Soccer in negotiating a solution together that equalizes World Cup prize money between the USMNT and USWNT," she wrote. "Until FIFA equalizes the prize money that it awards to the Men's and Women's World Cup participants, it is incumbent upon us to collectively find a solution."
United States forward Abby Wambach (20) and United States defender Christie Rampone (3) hoist the trophy after defeating Japan in the final of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium, July 5, 2015. VOA
"U.S. Soccer is ready and willing to meet with both groups of players as soon as possible and as often as needed to determine that innovative solution." Parlow Cone said the USSF had wanted to negotiate a single collective bargaining agreement covering men's and women's teams but had met resistance. Accordingly, the USSF is negotiating separate agreements. U.S. Soccer said the body "will be offering the USMNT and the USWNT the exact same contract, just as we have in past negotiations." "That means offering CBAs that include equalized FIFA prize money, identical game bonuses and identical commercial and revenue sharing agreements."
A spokeswoman for the U.S. women's team said Parlow Cone's letter showed that the USSF "finally acknowledged that they pay women less than men and must correct this ongoing disparity by reaching an equal pay collective bargaining agreement and resolving the ongoing lawsuit. "Letters to fans are not a substitute." (VOA/ MBI)
Keywords: Soccer, women, gender, equality, parlow cone, payment
Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said he's filled with happiness and gratitude having returned to the Indian blues for T20 internationals after being left out for four years. Ashwin is among a group of 15 players picked for the 2021 T20 World Cup on Wednesday. He shared a motivational quote that he 'wrote in his diary a million times in 2017 after being left out of the white-ball squads. The 34-year-old took Twitter to share his emotions.
"2017: I wrote this quote down a million times in my diary before putting this up on the wall! Quotes that we read and admire have more power when we internalize them and apply them in life. Happiness and gratitude are the only 2 words that define me now," he captioned a picture.
R Ashwin is one of the best IPL spinners who performs regularlyWikimedia
Ashwin, who has played 46 T20Is and 111 ODIs, has been a 'Test specialist' since July 2017 although he has been fairly impressive in the IPL. Chief selector Chetan Sharma has said that Ashwin has been picked on the basis of his IPL performances.
See, R Ashwin is playing IPL regularly. He has been performing well. We will need an off-spinner in the T20 World Cup. As everyone is aware that when the IPL's second half takes place in UAE [prior to the World Cup], the wickets might be low and slow and will help spinners. So, an off-spinner is required in the team. Washington Sundar is in the list of the injured players," said Sharma to the media in virtual interaction.
( Article originally published on IANS) (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: Ravichandran Ashwin, Cricket, BCCI, IPL, Spinner