Jens Weißflog

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Jens Weißflog
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-0131-038, Jens Weißflog bei DDR-Skimeisterschaften.jpg
Personal information
Full name Jens Weißflog
Born (1964-07-21) 21 July 1964 (age 50)
Erlabrunn, East Germany
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Professional information
Personal best 201 m (Kulm 1996)
World Cup
Seasons 1981, 1983-1996
Wins 33 (+1 Team)
Additional podiums 40 (+5 Team)
Total podiums 73 (+6 Team)
Overall titles 1 (1984)
Updated on 30 Mar 2015.

Jens Weißflog[pronunciation?] (born 21 July 1964) is the most successful German ski jumper of all time. Only Finns Matti Nykänen and Janne Ahonen, Pole Adam Małysz and Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer have won more World Cup victories.

Career[edit]

Weißflog was born in Erlabrunn (now a part of Breitenbrunn, Saxony) in the Erzgebirge range.

As a 19-year-old he won the Four Hills Tournament for East Germany in 1983/84. Weißflog was known as "Floh" (flea in German) due to his slight stature and his light body. That same winter he won the combined World Cup and later the normal hill event at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. The following winter was dominated by Weißflog and the outstanding Finn Matti Nykänen.

The most remarkable part of his career is that he competed at the top level for twelve years. Neither the regime change from East Germany to the unified Germany in late 1990, nor the change in ski jumping techniques from the parallel technique to the V-style around 1993 stopped his success. In 1994 he won two gold medals in the individual large hill and team large hill events at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, ten years after his first Olympic victory. He finished his career in 1996 by becoming the first ski jumper to win the combined Four Hills Tournament four times. Only the Finn Janne Ahonen has surpassed that record by winning the Four Hills Tournament five times. He had also earned five-second place finishes in the competition over the course of his career. After this achievement he retired from professional sport.

At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Weißflog won two golds in the individual normal hill (1985, 1989), three silvers in the individual large hill (1989) and team large hill (1984 and 1995), and four bronzes in the individual large hill (1991, 1993) and team large hill (1985 and 1991). He also won two medals at the FIS Ski Flying World Championships with a silver in 1985 and a bronze in 1990.

Weißflog also won the ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival twice (1989, 1990). He was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1991 (shared with Vegard Ulvang, Trond Einar Elden, and Ernst Vettori).

Today, Jens Weißflog owns a hotel in his home town of Oberwiesenthal and is the main ski jump pundit for German television station ZDF.

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall SF JP 4H
1980-81 N/A N/A 110
1982-83 16 N/A N/A 2nd
1983-84 1st N/A N/A 1st
1984-85 4 N/A N/A 1st
1985-86 16 N/A N/A 22
1986-87 11 N/A N/A 7
1987-88 6 N/A N/A 2nd
1988-89 2nd N/A N/A 2nd
1989-90 6 N/A N/A 3rd
1990-91 8 19 N/A 1st
1991-92 38 N/A 39
1992-93 11 N/A 3rd
1993-94 2nd N/A 2nd
1994-95 6 14 N/A 12
1995-96 4 8 4 1st

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Place Hill Size
1 1982-83 6 Jan 1983 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K-109 LH
2 1983-84 1 Jan 1984 West Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K-107 LH
3 4 Jan 1984 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K-106 LH
4 6 Jan 1984 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K-111 LH
5 11 Jan 1984 Italy Cortina d’Ampezzo Trampolino Olimpico Italia K-92 NH
6 15 Jan 1984 Czechoslovakia Liberec Ještěd A K-115 LH
7 12 Feb 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo Igman Olympic Jumps K-90 NH
8 24 Mar 1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Planica Bloudek Normal Hill K-95 NH
9 1984-85 1 Jan 1985 West Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K-107 LH
10 17 Feb 1985 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K-120 LH
11 1986-87 6 Dec 1986 Canada Thunder Bay Big Thunder K-89 NH
12 1987-88 24 Jan 1988 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K-120 LH
13 1988-89 22 Jan 1989 East Germany Oberhof Hans-Renner-Schanze K-90 NH
14 5 Mar 1989 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken K-105 LH
15 8 Mar 1989 Sweden Örnsköldsvik Paradiskullen K-82 NH
16 25 Mar 1989 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Planica Bloudek Normal Hill K-92 NH
17 26 Mar 1989 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Planica Bloudkova velikanka K-120 LH
18 1989-90 17 Dec 1989 Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama K-115 LH
19 1 Jan 1990 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K-107 LH
20 17 Jan 1990 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K-116 LH
21 1990-91 30 Dec 1990 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K-115 LH
22 1 Jan 1991 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K-107 LH
23 1993-94 12 Dec 1993 Slovenia Planica Bloudkova velikanka K-120 LH
24 14 Dec 1993 Italy Predazzo Trampolino dal Ben K-90 (night) NH
25 30 Dec 1993 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K-115 LH
26 22 Jan 1994 Japan Sapporo Miyanomori K-90 NH
27 23 Jan 1994 Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama K-115 LH
28 5 Mar 1994 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K-90 NH
29 27 Mar 1994 Canada Thunder Bay Big Thunder K-90 NH
30 1994-95 29 Jan 1995 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K-114 LH
31 1995-96 6 Jan 1996 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K-120 LH
32 20 Jan 1996 Japan Sapporo Miyanomori K-90 NH
33 17 Feb 1996 United States Iron Mountain Pine Mountain Ski Jump K-120 LH

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Uwe Hohn
East German Sportsman of the Year
1985
Succeeded by
Olaf Ludwig