Gregor Schlierenzauer

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Gregor Schlierenzauer
Gregor Schlierenzauer - Team Austria Winter Olympics 2014.jpg
Personal information
Full name Gregor Schlierenzauer
Born (1990-01-07) 7 January 1990 (age 25)
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 53 (+16 Team)
Additional podiums 35 (+12 Team / +1 Mix)
Total podiums 88 (+28 Team / + 1 Mix)
Updated on 18 January 2015.

Gregor Schlierenzauer (pronounced [ˈʃliːʁənt͡saʊ̯ɐ]; born 7 January 1990), 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 53 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 birthday, 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.

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall SF 4H NT
2005–06 73 50
2006–07 4 2nd 24
2007–08 2nd 12 1st
2008–09 1st 1st 3rd 1st
2009–10 2nd 2nd 4 4
2010–11 9 1st 36
2011–12 2nd 8 1st
2012–13 1st 1st 1st
2013–14 6 3rd 8
2014–15 9 24 7

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Place Hill Size
1 2006-07 3 Dec 2006 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 138 LH
2 16 Dec 2006 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS 137 LH
3 30 Dec 2006 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS 137 (night) LH
4 7 Jan 2007 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS 140 (night) LH
5 7 Feb 2007 Germany Klingenthal Vogtland Arena HS 140 (night) LH
6 2007-08 1 Jan 2008 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze HS 140 LH
7 25 Jan 2008 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS 134 (night) LH
8 7 Mar 2008 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 138 (night) LH
9 9 Mar 2008 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS 128 LH
10 14 Mar 2008 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS 215 FH
11 16 Mar 2008 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS 215 FH
12 2008-09 6 Dec 2008 Norway Trondheim Granåsen HS 140 (night) LH
13 21 Dec 2008 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS 137 LH
14 10 Jan 2009 Austria Tauplitz Kulm HS 200 FH
15 11 Jan 2009 Austria Tauplitz Kulm HS 200 FH
16 17 Jan 2009 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS 134 (night) LH
17 24 Jan 2009 Canada Whistler Whistler Olympic Park HS 140 LH
18 25 Jan 2009 Canada Whistler Whistler Olympic Park HS 140 LH
19 31 Jan 2009 Japan Sapporo Okurayama HS 134 (night) LH
20 8 Feb 2009 Germany Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze HS 145 (night) LH
21 11 Feb 2009 Germany Klingenthal Vogtland Arena HS 140 (night) LH
22 8 Mar 2009 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä HS 97 NH
23 15 Mar 2009 Norway Vikersund Vikersundbakken HS 207 (night) FH
24 20 Mar 2009 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS 215 FH
25 2009-10 5 Dec 2009 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 138 (night) LH
26 19 Dec 2009 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS 137 LH
27 10 Jan 2009 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze HS 140 LH
28 3 Jan 2010 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze HS 130 LH
29 10 Jan 2010 Austria Tauplitz Kulm HS 200 FH
30 22 Jan 2010 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS 134 (night) LH
31 23 Jan 2010 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS 134 (night) LH
32 6 Feb 2010 Germany Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze HS 145 (night) LH
33 2010-11 12 Feb 2011 Norway Vikersund Vikersundbakken HS 225 (night) FH
34 13 Feb 2011 Norway Vikersund Vikersundbakken HS 225 FH
35 18 Mar 2011 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS 215 FH
36 2011-12 9 Dec 2011 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák HS 142 (night) LH
37 30 Dec 2011 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS 137 (night) LH
38 1 Jan 2012 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze HS 140 LH
39 21 Jan 2012 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS 134 (night) LH
40 4 Feb 2012 Italy Val di Fiemme Trampolino dal Ben HS 134 (night) LH
41 2012-13 25 Nov 2012 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 138 LH
42 8 Dec 2012 Russia Soči RusSki Gorki HS 106 (night) NH
43 16 Dec 2012 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS 137 LH
44 4 Jan 2013 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze HS 130 LH
45 6 Jan 2013 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS 140 (night) LH
46 26 Jan 2013 Norway Vikersund Vikersundbakken HS 225 FH
47 2 Feb 2013 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák HS 205 FH
48 3 Feb 2013 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák HS 205 FH
49 17 Mar 2013 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS 128 LH
50 22 Mar 2013 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS 215 FH
51 2013-14 29 Nov 2013 Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS 142 (night) LH
52 7 Dec 2013 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 100 (night) NH
53 2014-15 6 Dec 2014 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 138 (night) LH

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.

Rank Date Place Hill Size Competition
3rd 13 Feb 2010 Canada Vancouver Whistler Olympic Park Ski Jumps HS 106 Individual NH
3rd 20 Feb 2010 Canada Vancouver Whistler Olympic Park Ski Jumps HS 140 Individual LH
1st 22 Feb 2010 Canada Vancouver Whistler Olympic Park Ski Jumps HS 140 Team LH
11 9 Feb 2014 Russia Sochi RusSki Gorki HS 106 Individual NH
7 15 Feb 2014 Russia Sochi RusSki Gorki HS 140 Individual LH
2nd 17 Feb 2014 Russia Sochi RusSki Gorki HS 140 Team LH

Nordic World Championships[edit]

Rank Date Place Hill Size Competition
10 24 Feb 2007 Japan Sapporo Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium HS 134 Individual LH
1st 25 Feb 2007 Japan Sapporo Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium HS 134 Team LH
8 3 Mar 2007 Japan Sapporo Miyanomori Ski Jump Stadium HS 100 Individual NH
2 21 Feb 2009 Czech Republic Liberec Ještěd ski jumping hills HS 100 Individual NH
4 27 Feb 2009 Czech Republic Liberec Ještěd ski jumping hills HS 134 Individual LH
1st 28 Feb 2009 Czech Republic Liberec Ještěd ski jumping hills HS 134 Team LH
8 26 Feb 2011 Norway Oslo Midtstubakken HS 106 Individual NH
1st 27 Feb 2011 Norway Oslo Midtstubakken HS 106 Team NH
1st 3 Mar 2011 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS 134 Individual LH
1st 5 Mar 2011 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS 134 Team LH
2nd 23 Feb 2013 Italy Val di Fiemme Trampolino dal Ben HS 106 Individual NH
2nd 24 Feb 2013 Italy Val di Fiemme Trampolino dal Ben HS 106 Mixed NH
8 28 Feb 2013 Italy Val di Fiemme Trampolino dal Ben HS 134 Individual LH
1st 2 Mar 2013 Italy Val di Fiemme Trampolino dal Ben HS 134 Team LH

Ski Flying World Championships[edit]

Rank Date Place Hill Size Competition
1st 23 Feb 2008 Germany Oberstdorf Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze HS 213 Individual FH
1st 24 Feb 2008 Germany Oberstdorf Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze HS 213 Team FH
2nd 20 Mar 2010 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS 215 Individual FH
1st 21 Mar 2010 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS 215 Team FH
18 25 Feb 2012 Norway Vikersund Vikersundbakken HS 225 Individual FH
1st 26 Feb 2012 Norway Vikersund Vikersundbakken HS 225 Team FH
24 14 Mar 2014 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák HS 205 Individual FH

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: 9 December 2011

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