Tytti Kuusinen, 27, is currently the brightest Finnish women’s American football player, and one of the best running backs in Europe. Switching from soccer, Kuusinen first took up American football with the Seinäjoki Crocodiles when she was 19 years of age. After taking a job in metro Helsinki, she moved to Espoo and joined the Helsinki Wolverines.
With the Helsinki Wolverines, Kuusinen has won back-to-back Maple Cups in 2018 and 2019, and she was named the Most Valuable Player in both league championship games. She also has a silver medal from her time with the Seinäjoki Crocodiles (2013). On top of it all, Tytti holds all the Maple League’s individual records for running backs.
Kuusinen has also been part of the Finnish national team for five years. She holds gold medals from the 2015 and 2019 IFAF Women’s European Championships. In 2017, Kuusinen also played in the IFAF Women’s World Championships in Langley, Canada, where the Finnish national team took fifth place.