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Former Olympic champion Mantyranta dies at 76

Eero Mantyranta, an Olympic champion cross-country skier from Finland, dies at 76

Former Olympic champion Mantyranta dies at 76

HELSINKI (AP) -- Eero Mantyranta, a three-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion from Finland, died Monday. He was 76.

Finnish Skiing Association spokeswoman Anna-Mari Vuollet says Mantyranta died in a hospital in the city Oulu in western Finland on Monday.

She says Mantyranta had been ill for a long time, but couldn't specify the exact cause of death.

Mantyranta helped Finland win the men's 10-kilometer relay at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics and won the 15-kilomter and 30-kilometer individual races at the 1964 Innsbruck Games.

He also earned two Olympic silver medals and two bronzes, as well as two world championship gold medals in Oslo in 1966 and Zakopane in 1962.

Funeral arrangements weren't immediately clear.