Andreas Kofler

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Andreas Kofler
Andreas Kofler (2011).jpg
Personal information
Full name Andreas Kofler
Born (1984-05-17) 17 May 1984 (age 30)
Innsbruck, Austria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Professional information
Club SV Innsbruck Bergisel
Skis Fischer
Personal best 233.0 m (Vikersund 2012)
World Cup
Seasons 2002-
Wins 12
Additional podiums 22
Total podiums 34
Updated on 12 February 2012.

Andreas Kofler (born 17 May 1984) is an Austrian ski jumper, competing for the Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV).[1]

Career[edit]

Andreas Kofler grew up in Tyrol, in the Austrian Alps. He is a member of the ski jumping club SV Innsbruck-Bergisel, together with Gregor Schlierenzauer.

Kofler won his first individual competition in the World Cup on 4 February 2006. Two days later, he came in second place in the team competition. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Kofler won the silver medal in the individual competition, finishing only 0.1 points behind Thomas Morgenstern, his teammate on the squad with whom he would later win the Olympic gold medal in the team competition. At the Nordic Ski World Championships 2007 in Sapporo, Japan, Kofler won the gold medal in the team competition and finished in sixth place in the individual competition. At the end of the season, he arrived in second place at the Nordic Tournament, beaten only by Adam Małysz.[1]

After starting well into the 2007-2008 season, finishing in second place behind Morgenstern twice, Kofler crashed twice during competitions, in Engelberg and in Oberstdorf. Despite not being seriously injured, Kofler struggled to shake off his poor form for this and the next season.

In the 2009-2010, Kofler came in third place in Engelberg, ending his bad streak. During the same season, Kofler managed to win the prestigious Four Hills Tournament, ahead of Janne Ahonen and Wolfgang Loitzl, after winning the first event of the tournament in Oberstdorf. Kofler could not meet expectations in the first event (on the normal hill) of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, coming in 19th place. Nonetheless, he finished in fourth place on the large hill, only one point from the podium, and won the team competition with his teammates Wolfgang Loitzl, Thomas Morgenstern and Gregor Schlierenzauer-his second Olympic gold medal after 2006.[2]

During the 2010-2011 season, Kofler recorded three individual wins, including the first event of the season in Kuusamo, Finland.[3]

Despite a training deficit due to back problems related to his spinal discs, Kofler started the 2011-2012 season very successfully, winning the first two events, both of them taking place in Lillehammer, Norway.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Andreas Kofler started a four-year formation to become a member of the Austrian police force, as part of a program for competitive athletes. In May 2011, Kofler passed his final examinations and hence concluded his formation. His hobbies include telemark skiing, football, surfing and climbing. Andreas Kofler currently resides in Thaur, Tyrol.[5]

World Cup victories[edit]

Nr. Date Location
1. 6 December 2006 Germany Willingen
2. 29 December 2009 Germany Oberstdorf
3. 28 November 2010 Finland Kuusamo
4. 19 December 2010 Switzerland Engelberg
5. 16 January 2011 Japan Sapporo
6. 27 November 2011 Finland Kuusamo
7. 3 December 2011 Norway Lillehammer
8. 4 December 2011 Norway Lillehammer
9. 18 December 2011 Switzerland Engelberg
10. 4 January 2012 Austria Innsbruck
11. 9 December 2012 Russia Sochi
12. 15 December 2012 Switzerland Engelberg

World Cup victories (team competition)[edit]

Andreas Kofler in the air on Holmenkollbakken setting the hill record of 141 meters during the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011.
Photo: Maria Torvund
Nr. Date Location
1. 4 March 2006 Finland Lahti
2. 11 February 2007 Germany Willingen
3. 10 March 2007 Finland Lahti
4. 7 February 2009 Germany Willingen
5. 27 November 2009 Finland Kuusamo
6. 30 January 2010 Germany Oberstdorf
7. 27 November 2010 Finland Kuusamo
8. 29 January 2011 Germany Willingen
9. 6 February 2011 Germany Oberstdorf
10. 12 March 2011 Finland Lahti
11. 19 March 2011 Slovenia Planica
12. 27 November 2011 Finland Kuusamo


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1], profile at FIS. Retrieved: 9.12.2011
  2. ^ "Austria cruise to ski jump gold", BBC Sport, Retrieved: 9.12.2011.
  3. ^ "Double gold for Kofler in Kuusamo", Eurosport. Retrieved: 9.12.2011
  4. ^ "More gold for Kofler in Lillehammer", Eurosport. Retrieved: 9.12.2011
  5. ^ [2], Biography on personal homepage. Retrieved: 09.12.2011.

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