Known for his high jump, long jump, and especially his triple jump records, this Finnish athlete placed second at the 1982 Kaleva Championships.
One of his earliest competitions was a 1979 outdoor track high jump event.
He played for the Lapland Lock athletic club.
He and his brother grew up in Rovaniemi, Finland. Before ending in divorce, his marriage produced a son and a daughter.
He and Olympic skier Matti Nykanen are both well known Finnish athletes.