Andreas Goldberger

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Andreas Goldberger
Andreas Goldberger (2011).jpg
Personal information
Full name Andreas Goldberger
Born (1972-11-29) 29 November 1972 (age 41)
Ried im Innkreis
Height 1,72 m
Professional information
Personal best World record 225 m (Planica '00)
World Cup
Seasons 1991–2005
Wins 20
Additional podiums 43
Total podiums 63
Updated on 7 October 2011.

Andreas Goldberger (born 29 November 1972 in Ried im Innkreis, Austria) is a former ski jumper.

He was one of the best in his sport during the 1990s. His favorite type of hill to jump from is known as the 'ski-flying' hill, where jumpers have travelled distances in the range of 240 metres.

In 1994 Planica Ski-Flying World Championships training series, he jumped 202m and became a first man ever to jump over 200 metres, but touched the snow and jump was not officially recognized as that and as a world record. In 2000 Planica World Cup team event he jumped 225 m and set the world record.

Competitive highlights[edit]

  • World Cup
    • Overall winner in 1992/93, 1994/95 and 1995/96
    • 20 individual wins
  • Four Hills Tournament
    • Twice overall winner, 1992/93 and 1994/95
  • FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
    • One gold (2001: team normal hill), two silver (1993: individual normal hill, 1995: individual large hill) and four bronze (1993: individual and team large hills, 1997: individual normal hill, 2001: team large hill) medals.
  • Holmenkollen ski festival
    • 1995 ski jumping winner.
  • FIS Ski Flying World Championships
    • Complete set of medals (Gold: 1996 individual, Silver: 1992 individual, Bronze: 2004 team)
    • Two World Cup victories in 1995 and 1996.

Controversy[edit]

In 1997 Goldberger admitted to the use of cocaine, and was given a six-month ban from the Austrian Ski Association. As a result of that ban, in November 1997, he even declared he would, from that moment on, compete under the flag of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.[1] Yet, after reaching an agreement with the Austrian Ski Association, he continued competing for his native Austria.

End of career[edit]

Goldberger last World Cup appearance as a ski jumper was in Lahti on 6 March 2005 (49 place). Goldberger officially retired and ended his career with his final jump as a V-jumper on 13 January 2006 at flying hill in Kulm, Austria.

Later after that he did some jumps in every World Cup competition as a V-jumper with helmet cam for Austrian national TV station ORF, where he works as a co-commentator.

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.


Awards
Preceded by
Patrick Ortlieb
Austrian Sportsman of the year
1993
Succeeded by
Thomas Stangassinger
Preceded by
Thomas Muster
Austrian Sportsman of the year
1996
Succeeded by
Toni Polster