Mother of three and better than ever

Posted on | February 16, 2013 | Category: Arena

Mervi Pesu has been among the best in the world for almost twenty years. At least now and then. Now it is ‘now’ again. The 39-year-old Finn is heading from medals in Latvia to – she hopes – medals in Kazakhstan.

She got silver on the Sprint today, 26 seconds after winner Tatiana Kozlova. On the middle distance she took bronze. “I don’t really know why, but I think I am now better than ever”, Mervi says.

She is married to Raino Peso, who got an individual gold in ski orienteering in 1998. They have three children aged four, seven and nine. In daily life she works as a full-time teacher in physical education and health with youngsters 13-15 years old.

– So it’s a holiday to be at an international championship?

“Yes”, she smiles. “Here I can think only of myself”.

She first stopped top performance life in sport in 2002. The first baby came in 2003, and later Mervi had two more babies, and she still comes back to ski orienteering. “I am such a competitive person. I think that’s the main reason for me to want to go hard for it again”.

– But how do you get the time to train?

“I do it before I pick the children up from kindergarten, and sometimes in the morning on the days when I am free from lessons at the beginning of the day”.

– What’s the goal for the coming World Championships?

“A medal”.

– Or maybe medals?

“Yes, that could be possible”.

– Is your husband Raino (now 40) also coming back at top level?

“No, he is just running marathon now, and pretty fast. He ran a marathon in 2 hours 37 last year”.

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