MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University will induct five individuals and one team into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, September 20. Former Wildcat Skier, Pentti Joronen, is one of this year's inductees.
After completing a commitment with the Finnish Army, Joronen joined the Wildcats in January of 1978 and made an immediate impact as he finished in sixth place at the NCAA Championships to earn Second Team All-American honors. He then repeated his efforts in 1979.
At the 1978 American Birkebeiner, which is North America's largest cross country ski marathon, he finished in sixth place in a race consisting of approximately 8,000 skiers.
In his final two years, Joronen again reached the NCAA Championships and finished third both years to earn two First Team All-America honors.
He graduated from NMU in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration Marketing.
Joronen went on to compete for Finland as a member of their National Second Team in 1983 and 1984. Since finishing his skiing career, he has helped contribute to his home country and on December 6, 2016 he received the prestigious Medal of Honor Golden Cross from the President of Finland during Finland's Independence Day celebration.
The 2019 Hall of Fame Induction takes place on Friday at the Northern Center. The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are available through the NMU Ticket Office.
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