Finnish Olympic Committee, Finland
Career-best performance

The IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP) in Finland is run jointly by the Finnish Olympic Committee and Adecco Finland. Launched in 2005, the programme helps Olympic and Paralympic athletes successfully manage the transition from elite sport to a new career.

Jenni Mikkonen is majoring in industrial management at the Tampere University of Technology in southwestern Finland. She started canoeing in her home town of Lahti at the age of 9 and took up serious training when she was 14. Jenni holds multiple national solo kayaking titles. She competed in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and Beijing in 2008, and won bronze at the World Championships in 2006 and silver at the 2008 European Championships. Her main goal is an Olympic medal in London in 2012. Under the auspices of the IOC Athlete Career Programme, Jenni took part in a career seminar for athletes run by Adecco. Her adviser was Virpi Ojakangas-Palmunen, who is responsible for the implementation of the IOC Athlete Career Programme in Finland. Despite intensive training commitments, Jenni hopes to complete her bachelor’s degree in 2010 and master’s in engineering before the London Games in 2012.