Anders Jacobsen (ski jumper)
|Full name||Anders Jacobsen|
17 February 1985 |
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Personal best||230.5 m, (Planica 2010)|
|Updated on 12 January 2013.|
Anders Jacobsen (Norwegian pronunciation: [ɑndeːʂ jɑːkɔbsən][lacks tones]; born 17 February 1985, Hønefoss) is a Norwegian ski jumper, representing Ringkollen Skiklubb, and the youngest Norwegian to have won the Four Hills Tournament. He has competed since 2003.
In 2006 he was picked for one of the eight spots in the Norwegian World Cup team. He made his debut in the Grand Prix season on 4 August, in Hinterzarten, where he finished 7th in the team competition (with Tom Hilde, Lars Bystøl and Roar Ljøkelsøy). On 5 August, he was eighth; on 14 August, in Courchevel, he was fourth; on 24 August, in Zakopane he was seventh; on 30 September, in Klingenthal, he was sixth; on 4 October, in Oberhof, he was tenth. He was tenth in the Grand Prix, with 184 points.
Jacobsen won four World Cup events that season, including the Innsbruck event on 4 January 2007 on his way to becoming overall winner of the 2006-07 Four Hills Tournament.
Entering the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2007 in Sapporo, Jacobsen led the overall Ski jumping World Cup standings. At those championships, he earned a silver medal in the team large hill. But he failed in the large hill competition, and finished 7th in the normal hill competition.
After the World Championships, Jacobsen has struggled to maintain his form. He failed to qualify for the finals in Lahti, finished tenth in Kuopio, and 14th in the first Holmenkollen competition. Adam Małysz won all those races and therefor he overtook the lead in the World cup standings.
Not having his best season during 2007/2008, Jacobsen still managed to win one world cup victory (being one of four Norwegian jumpers who each won a world cup victory that season), lead the Norwegian team to three team wins in the world cup and a team-bronze in the ski flying world championships, and placed sixth overall in the world cup, behind teammates Tom Hilde and Anders Bardal.
As every Norwegian athlete, Jacobsen struggled to maintain the previous season's results in the 2008/2009 season, and had only one podium (3rd place in Trondheim early season) before entering the Four-Hills Tournament. There he showed growing shape, placing 6th overall. Before entering the World Championship, he placed second in the two last world cup races in Klingenthal and in the skiflying hill in Oberstdorf. The World Championship started dreadful for Jacobsen, falling from a bronze medal to 17th place after 86,5 m in the final round in the normal hill event. Yet again he placed third after the first round at the large hill event, winning the bronze medal after the race's cancellation. After winning a silver in the team large hill event Jacobsen won altogether two medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec. At the end of the season, he was eighth in the overall world cup standings.
Jacobsen started the season with a fifth place in the opening race in Kuusamo, but then fell during training, and his placings dropped, mostly varying between top 20 and top 30. However, during the Four Hills Tournament, in the race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Jacobsen struck back with a fifth place, falling from second place. He eventually won his sixth world cup victory in ski flying hill in Oberstdorf on January 31.
Individual World Cup wins
World cup podiums
- He is the youngest Norwegian ski jumper in history to win the Four Hills Tournament (21 years old).
- Prior to his professional career, Jacobsen worked as a plumber. 
- Jacobsen caught the Norwegian coach Mika Kojonkoski's eye after an audition-round in 2006. Former Four Hills Tournament winner Sigurd Pettersen was noticed in a similar way.
- On 9 August 2008 Jacobsen married his girlfriend Birgitte Jacobsen. In late January 2011 their first child was born, a boy.
- Anders Jacobsen at the International Ski Federation
- First Polish Blog about Anders Jacobsen (Polish)
- English / German Fanpage about Anders Jacobsen (German)