Finland’s winter Olympic team is dealing with the nerves of competition by trying a relaxing activity: knitting.
Finnish competitors in Pyeongchang are making small knitted squares which will be combined to make a blanket.
Once the blanket is finished it will be presented to Finnish president Sauli Niinisto and his wife Jenni Haukio, who welcomed a baby boy earlier this month.
We are #knitting again 😀 In Sochi we made a huge scarf, this time we are knitting a blanket for our presidential couple’s newborn son. 💙🇫🇮#olympicteamfi #knittingteamfi #pyeongchang2018 #olympics #olympialaiset #pyeongchangfi pic.twitter.com/mwKLgh1h2j— Olympic Team Finland (@OlympicTeamFI) February 12, 2018
The team are not just knitting in the confines of the athlete’s village. Snowboard coach Antti Koskinen was spotted knitting at the top of the slopestyle course over the weekend.
Watching Olympic men’s slope style snowboarding. The Finnish coach is knitting between high fives while standing at the top of the run. Love it #knittinginpublic— Evelyn Jensen, PhD (@Evie_Jensen) February 10, 2018
Just started watching the snowboarding. These commentators are chatting on about what tricks the boarders are doing as if we know what they're on about, but failed to mention the Finnish coach doing some knitting at the start gate whilst giving a final pep talk.— AnBOO! Von Noir Sin (@ajmartin90) February 10, 2018
Koskinen also contributed to Finland’s last knitting effort, a scarf from the Sochi games in 2014. When that creation was completed, it was given as a gift to the summer Olympics team.