Two-time ice hockey Olympic medallist Emma Terho is running for the IOC athletes’ commission. The election will take place during the PyeongChang winter Olympic Games 2018, where competing Olympic athletes will select two representatives to the athletes’ commission for a term of eight-years. The role of the commission is to place athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement, and strengthen its support to clean athletes on and off the field of play. The athletes’ commission members will also be members of the IOC.
– I have participated in the Games five times: Nagano (1998), Salt Lake City (2002), Torino (2006), Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014). Therefore, I know the true meaning of having athletes’ voice being heard, I have developed a perspective on what it means to offer athletes the best, says Emma Terho. The question of dual career is important. Athletes may lack of actual working experience, yet they have unleashed potential in many other ways. The power of dedication, prioritizing or time management is the strength of the athletes that benefits them in all sectors of life, adds Terho.
Ms. Terho receives wide support from her fellow athletes from Finland.
– Emma is the best representative from Finland to the IOC Athletes’ Commission. She represents the values that we stand for: clean athletes, transparency at all levels and sectors of sport, and she whole heartedly wants to strengthen the role of the athletes on and off the field, explains Laura Lepistö, former Olympic figure skater and a member of the Finnish Athletes Commission.
Ms. Terho has been a member of the Finnish Athletes’ Commission since 2010 and she currently chairs the commission. She was a board member of the Finnish Olympic Committee between the years 2013–2016. In addition, she is the first ever female board member of the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation. On her private life, she has built a successful banking career.
Finnish athletes have been elected the IOC Athletes’ Commission twice before, Jari Kurri (2002–2006) and Saku Koivu (2006–2014), both represented the sport of ice-hockey.
Further information: http://www.olympic.org/athletes-commission