Close friends and relatives gathered in Jyväskylä on Saturday for the funeral service of deceased Finnish ski jump Olympian Matti Nykänen.
German Jens Weissflog, who represented East Germany when he competed against Nykänen in the 80s and early 90s, also attended the funeral service.
Other dignitaries included Finnish ski jumper Janne Ahonen and cross country ski star Juha Mieto. European, Culture and Sports Minister Sampo Terho laid a wreath on behalf of the state, which also funded the funeral.
Members of the public were also present, but remained outside the cemetery chapel where the funeral service took place. Before Nykänen’s coffin was placed in the hearse, his mother Vieno Nykänen, sister Tuija Nykänen and widow Pia Nykänen said their final goodbyes to the late ski champion.
People also lined the route of a procession from the chapel to Nykänen's final resting place, a family grave.
Nykänen died in early February. He racked up a total of five Winter Olympic medals, nine World Championship medals and 22 Finnish Championship medals during a decade-long career.