Gregor Schlierenzauer

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Gregor Schlierenzauer
Gregor Schlierenzauer - Bronze medal at Vancouver 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Gregor Schlierenzauer
Born (1990-01-07) 7 January 1990 (age 24)
Innsbruck, Austria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Professional information
Club SV Innsbruck–Bergisel
Skis Fischer
Personal best 243.5 m
(Vikersund 2011)
World Cup
Seasons 2006–present
Wins 52 (+14 Team)
Additional podiums 33 (+8 Team)
Total podiums 85.(+22 Team)
Updated on
24 February 2013.

Gregor Schlierenzauer (pronounced [ˈʃliːʁənt͡saʊ̯ɐ]; born 7 January 1990), known to fans as "Schlieri", is an Austrian ski jumper. He began his senior career in 2005–06 with one win and three additional podiums in the Ski Jumping Grand Prix, and made his World Cup debut in the 2005–06 season. During the 2008–09 World Cup, which he won, he set a series of records, including breaking Janne Ahonen's record of 12 season victories with 13 victories, and also tying Ahonen, Matti Hautamäki and Thomas Morgenstern's record of six consecutive victories. Schlierenzauer also won gold medals, one team medal at 2007 World Championships, and both individual and team medals at the 2008 FIS Ski-Flying World Championships in Oberstdorf. His personal best is 243.5 metres, jumped during the 2010–11 season, in Vikersund, Norway. On 26 January 2013, Schlierenzauer equaled Matti Nykänen's long standing record of 46 World Cup ski jumping victories, and currently has 52 victories to his name.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Gregor Schlierenzauer was born on 7 January 1990 in Innsbruck, Tyrol, to Paul and Angelika Schlierenzauer.[2] The second of three children, he has an older sister, Gloria, and a younger brother, Lukas. His uncle is Markus Prock, the winner of three Winter Olympic medals in men's luge, who settled him a contract with Fischer Skis in 2001 and a few years later with Red Bull. Schlierenzauer is deaf in the left ear from birth.[2] At age eight, Schlierenzauer began training in ski jumping at SV Innsbruck–Bergisel club. He attended an ordinary Austrian grammar school, however, due to tight schedules in both sport and school, he had problems keeping up with his class work. Schlierenzauer then enrolled at Skigymnasium Stams in Austria, the worlds oldest ski-sport training center and boarding secondary school. He currently resides in Fulpmes, Tyrol.[2]

Schlierenzauer began competing professionally in the 2005–06 season in the Continental Cup, then only fifteen years old. In February 2006, he won the gold medal at the Junior World Championships in Kranj, Slovenia and then Alex Pointner, the coach of the Austrian professional team, called him to compete in the World Cup. Schlierenzauer debuted in the Word Cup finishing in 24th place at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival on 12 March 2006.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2006–07 World Cup[edit]

On 3 December 2006, Schlierenzauer took his first World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway, and became one of the youngest jumpers to ever win in Lillehammer. He also won in Oberstdorf, Germany, at the Four Hills Tournament 2006–2007. During the Four Hills Tournament, Finnish newspapers claimed that Schlierenzauer was extremely underweight, however, no evidence has ever been found to substantiate this accusation. He won the fourth competition, in Bischofshofen, Austria, on his 17th birtday, but finished the tournament in second place, behind Anders Jacobsen (Norway), and in front of Simon Ammann (Switzerland).

Schlierenzauer took fourth place in World Cup 2006–2007. He was second, but Adam Małysz from Poland ended up taking the first place position from Anders Jacobsen, so Schlierenzauer finished third. His coach deemed the event in Planica too demanding for 17-year-old Schlierenzauer, so he did not compete there and ended finishing fourth, behind Adam Małysz, Anders Jacobsen and Simon Ammann.

2007–08 World Cup[edit]

At the beginning of the World Cup 2007–2008, Schlierenzauer took 2nd place on the World Cup list, behind his team mate Thomas Morgenstern. He also took 2nd place in Oberstdorf,Germany, during the Four Hills Tournament 2007–2008. He won 1st place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen,Germany. He took 8th place at the competition in Bischofshofen which was originally to be held in Innsbruck but was moved due to strong winds. He was one of the favorites for the tournament, but, due to variable weather conditions, arrived only in 42nd position in the first series and did not enter the second series. At the end of the Four Hills Tournament, he ended up in 12th place.

He skipped the competitions in Predazzo, where Tom Hilde from Norway took his first World Cup victory, and in Harrachov. On 25 January 2007, Schlierenzauer took his second World Cup victory in Zakopane, Poland. He also skipped the competition in Sapporo, ruining his chance to take the first place position from his Austrian teammate Thomas Morgenstern.

After two-second place finishes in Liberec and an eighth place finish in Willingen, he took part in the FIS Ski Flying World Championships in Oberstdorf in 2008. After four series of competing, he won the gold medal, on 23 February 2008. The next day, on 24 February, the Austrian team, composed of (Schlierenzauer-Thomas Morgenstern-Koch-Kofler) won gold in the team competition.

He also took part in the 2008 Nordic Tournament. He took the second and fourth place at the two competitions in Kuopio and in Lahti which was moved to Kuopio because of bad weather). Winning at the competitions in Lillehammer and Oslo, he won the 2008 Nordic Tournament.

After consecutively winning the last four individual competitions of the season, Schlierenzauer ranked second overall in the 2007–2008 World Cup, 233 points behind his teammate Thomas Morgenstern. In March 2008, he improved the Austrian national record on flying hills to 233.5 meters, which was also the longest jump of Planica 2008 ski jumping events.

2008–09 World Cup[edit]

On 11 February 2009, Schlierenzauer became only the fourth jumper to win 6 consecutive World Cup events, tying the record held by Austrian teammate Thomas Morgenstern and Finns Janne Ahonen and Matti Hautamäki. The run of victories came to an end in Oberstdorf during the ski flying event on 14 February, when Schlierenzauer arrived in 8th position.

On 21 February he won silver in the individual normal hill event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec behind fellow Austrian and Four Hills winner Wolfgang Loitzl. One week later, Schlierenzauer won gold in the team large hill event.

He returned to winning ways in individual competition on 8 March at Lahti, Finland, taking his number of wins to 11 for that season, one victory shy of Janne Ahonen's record of 12 wins in one season.

On 20 March he won the ski flying event at Planica, taking his number of wins to 13 for the season record, record of 20 podiums in a season and clinching the 2008–09 world cup title with two flying events left to run. He also achieved a record of 2083 points in the World Cup over a single season, becoming the first person to obtain more than 2000 points.

2009–10 World Cup[edit]

In the 2009–10 World Cup, Schlierenzauer finished second behind Simon Ammann. He celebrated 8 World Cup victories including wins in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Innsbruck during the Four Hills Tournament. Later on he won two individual bronze medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, and a gold medal in the team competition with Wolfgang Loitzl, Andreas Kofler and Thomas Morgenstern.

2010–11 World Cup[edit]

At the beginning of the 2010–11 World Cup, Schlierenzauer suffered an injury and missed the first two events of the Four Hills Tournament. Even though he was recovering from injury, he managed to take two victories at the Vikersund ski flying hill and, later in the season, won three gold medals at FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo.

2011–12 World Cup[edit]

Schlierenzauer celebrated his first victory of the 2011–2012 season in Harrachov on 9 December 2011.[4] On 6 January 2012, Schlierenzauer won the 4 Hills Tournament for the first time. As of 5 February 2012, Schlierenzauer has 40 World Cup victories, 1 gold and 2 bronze Olympic medals, and 8 gold and 2 silver medals at World championships.

Four Hills Tournament[edit]

Season Place Points
2006/07 02. 944,6
2007/08 12. 902,3
2008/09 03. 1.077,1
2009/10 04. 1.011,1
2010/11 36. 452,1
2011/12 01. 933,8
2012/13 01. 1100,2

The Winter Olympics[edit]

Schlierenzauer took the Bronze medal in both the mens individual normal and large hill events at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, as well as a Gold medal in the team ski jumping event as a competitor for the Austrian squad.. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia he won a silver medal in the team completion, but, finished off of the podium in both men's individual events.

Career highlights[edit]

Winter Olympic Games
2010 – Vancouver, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, normal hill
2010 – Vancouver, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, large hill
2010 – Vancouver, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team large hill (with Wolfgang Loitzl / Andreas Kofler / Thomas Morgenstern)
World Ski Flying Championships
2008 – Oberstdorf, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, individual
2008 – Oberstdorf, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team (with Koch / Kofler / Morgenstern)
2010 – Planica, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, individual
2010 – Planica, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team
World Ski Championships
2007 – Sapporo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team large hill (with Loitzl / Kofler / Morgenstern)
2007 – Sapporo, 8th, normal hill
2007 – Sapporo, 10th, large hill
2009 – Liberec, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team large hill (with Loitzl / Koch / Morgenstern)
2009 – Liberec, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, normal hill
2011 – Oslo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team normal hill (with Koch / Kofler / Morgenstern)
2011 – Oslo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2011 – Oslo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team large hill (with Koch / Kofler / Morgenstern)
World Junior Championships
2006 – Kranj, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, normal hill
World Cup
2006 – Lillehammer, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2006 – Engelberg, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2006 – Engelberg, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, large hill
2006 – Oberstdorf, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2007 – Bischofshofen, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2007 – Titisee-Neustadt, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2007 – Klingenthal, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2007 – Willingen, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team large hill (with Loitzl / Kofler / Pauli)
2007 – Lahti, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team large hill (with Höllwarth / Kofler / Morgenstern)
2007 – Kuusamo, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, team large hill (with Loitzl / Koch / Morgenstern)
2007 – Trondheim, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2007 – Villach, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, normal hill
2007 – Villach, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, normal hill
2007 – Engelberg, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2007 – Oberstdorf, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2008 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2008 – Zakopane, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2008 – Liberec, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2008 – Liberec, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2008 – Willingen, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, team large hill (with Kofler / Koch / Morgenstern)
2008 – Kuopio, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2008 – Lillehammer, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2008 – Oslo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2008 – Planica, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, flying hill
2008 – Planica, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, team flying hill (with Kofler / Koch / Morgenstern)
2008 – Planica, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, flying hill
2008 – Kuusamo, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, large hill
2008 – Trondheim, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2008 – Trondheim, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, large hill
2008 – Pragelato, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2008 – Engelberg, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, large hill
2008 – Engelberg, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2009 – Innsbruck, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2009 – Bad Mitterndorf, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, flying hill
2009 – Bad Mitterndorf, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, flying hill
2009 – Zakopane, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2009 – Zakopane, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2009 – Vancouver, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2009 – Vancouver, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2009 – Sapporo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2009 – Willingen, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2009 – Klingenthal, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2009 – Lahti, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, normal hill
2009 – Vikersund, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, flying hill
2009 – Planica, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, flying hill
2009 – Lillehammer, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2009 – Engelberg, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2009 – Engelberg, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2010 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2010 – Innsbruck, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2010 – Bad Mitterndorf, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, flying hill
2010 – Zakopane, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2010 – Zakopane, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2010 – Klingenthal, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, large hill
2010 – Willingen, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2010 – Lillehammer, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2010 – Kuusamo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st team large hill (with Morgenstern / Kofler / Wolfgang Loitzl)
2011 – Willingen, Gold medal icon.svg 1st team large hill (with Morgenstern / Koch / Kofler)
2011 – Oberstdorf, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team flying hill (with Morgenstern / Kofler / Koch)
2011 – Oberstdorf, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, flying hill
2011 – Vikersund, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, flying hill
2011 – Vikersund, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, flying hill
2011 – Lahti, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team flying hill (with Morgenstern / Kofler / Koch)
2011 – Planica, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, flying hill
2011 – Planica, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team flying hill (with Morgenstern / Kofler / Koch)
2011 – Kuusamo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team large hill (with Morgenstern / Kofler / Wolfgang Loitzl)
2011 – Harrachov, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2011 – Harrachov, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, team large hill (with Morgenstern / Kofler / David Zauner)
2011 – Oberstdorf, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2012 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2012 – Innsbruck, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2012 – Bischofshofen, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, large hill
2012 – Zakopane, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2012 – Val di Fiemme, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2012 – Val di Fiemme, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
World Cup Grand Prix
2006 – Hinterzarten, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team normal hill (with Loitzl / Fettner / Kofler)
2006 – Hinterzarten, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, normal hill
2006 – Einsiedeln, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2006 – Courchevel, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2006 – Zakopane, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2007 – Hinterzarten, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team normal hill (with Loitzl / Morgenstern / Kofler)
2007 – Hinterzarten, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, normal hill
2007 – Pragelato, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2007 – Klingenthal, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2008 – Hinterzarten, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team normal hill (with Fettner / Morgenstern / Kofler)
2008 – Einsiedeln, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2008 – Pragelato, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2008 – Zakopane, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2008 – Zakopane, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2008 – Klingenthal, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2008 – Liberec, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2009 – Zakopane, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2009 – Zakopane, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
2009 – Klingenthal, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, large hill
2010 – Klingenthal, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, large hill
2011 – Wisla, Bronze medal icon.svg 3rd, large hill
2011 – Szczyrk, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, normal hill
2011 – Zakopane, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, team large hill (with Loitzl / Morgenstern / Koch)
2011 – Zakopane, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
Continental Cup
2006 – Villach, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, normal hill
FIS Cup
2006 – Seefeld, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, normal hill
2006 – Zao, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, normal hill
2006 – Sapporo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, normal hill
2006 – Sapporo, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, large hill
FIS Races
2005 – Predazzo, Gold medal icon.svg 1st, normal hill
2005 – Predazzo, Silver medal icon.svg 2nd, normal hill

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gregor Schlierenzauer makes ski jumping history". CBC Sports. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Gregor Schlierenzauer, profile at Red Bull, retrieved: 09.12.2011
  3. ^ Gregor Schlierenzauer profile at The-Sports.org, retrieved: 09.12.2011
  4. ^ "Schlierenzauer snaps Kofler streak", Eurosport UK, retrieved: 09.12.2011

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