Enni Rukajarvi began skiing when she was 6 years old, by the age of 10 she had hung up her skis and switched to a snowboard full time. Born in Ruka, Finland, she attended a sports high school where she could focus on shredding and academics.
Now, Rukajarvi is a regular at the FIS World Cups, X Games, and Dew Tour. With her quiet nature, she lets her snowboard skills doing the talking and she’s making a statement at each contest she attends.
Rukajarvi represented Finland at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, earning the silver medal in the first-ever Olympic slopestyle contest. She was also the country's flag bearer during the Opening Ceremony.
- 2014 Sochi Olympics (slopestyle) - silver
- 2013 X Games (slopestyle) - 4th
- 2013 Dew Tour (slopestyle) - 2nd
- 2012 X Games (slopestyle) - 2nd
- 2011 X Games (slopestyle) - 1st
- 2011 FIS World Championships - 1st
Things to know:
- She says she’s drawn inspiration from riding with Finland’s men’s snowboarders, whose depth and impressive results led American riders to dub them “The Finnish Mafia” before Vancouver.
- "She rides like the guys,” says Finnish national coach Pekka Koskela. “She can handle the big jumps and the kickers really well. That’s her strength.”