Ski jumping coach in court

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The coach of the Norwegian men’s ski jumping team reportedly has a heavy foot on the gas pedal when driving. He’s had numerous fines for speeding back home in Finland and now faces charges he lied about his income.

Mika Kojonkoski is in trouble for driving too fast. PHOTO: Wikipedia

Just days before he’s supposed to lead his ski jumpers in the World Championships in Oslo, newspaper Aftenposten reported that head coach Mika Kojonkoski was ordered to appear in a court in Kuopio, Finland, charged with downplaying his income in order to get a reduced fine.

Police in Finland believe he underreported how much money he earns as a coach in Norway, because traffic fines are calculated as a percentage of income in Finland: The lower the income, the lower the fine.

Kojonkoski reportedly has been caught speeding five times in the past three years. He has paid all his fines, but Finnish authorities believe two should have been higher.

The popular 46-year-old coach admitted it was “uncomfortable” being in court. A court ruling is due the day after the Nordic World Ski Championships end in early March.

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