This Season - Qualified for the NCAA Championships and competed as a freshman and sophomore...Her goal is to get to the NCAA's for a third time this season...Has the potential to be an All-American, after barely missing the top-10 in her first two years at UNM...One of only three fourth-year skiers on the team...Name is pronounced "PEIR-ko PULL-ka-nen".
Junior (2004) - Competed in four RMISA collegiate races, finishing the regular season ranked 34th in the classic and 27th in the freestyle...Best classic finish was 28th at Nevada...Top freestyle finish was 23rd at Nevada, Colorado and the NCAA West Regionals...Earned Academic All-American status.
Sophomore (2002) - Pulkkanen finished the regular season ranked 22nd in the RMISA Classic and 18th in the RMISA Freestyle...Her best Classic finish was 15th at UNM in Red River, New Mexico, on February 9, 2002...Her best finish in the Freestyle was seventh place at the NCAA Regional hosted by Alaska-Anchorage on February 28, 2002...She placed 27th in the NCAA Classic Championships and just missed an All-American award with an 11th place finish in the NCAA Freestyle Championships.
Freshman (2001) - Pulkkanen just missed All-American status in 2001 by finishing 13th in the 15K race...She placed 31st in the 5K Classic race.
High School - Competed in the Scandinavian Youth Championships and won a silver medal in the Finnish Junior Championships.
Personal - Born December 11, 1980, Pulkkanen is a native of Kuopia, Finland...She is the daughter of Mirjami and Jukka Pulkkanen.