Jens Weißflog

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Jens Weißflog
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-0131-038, Jens Weißflog bei DDR-Skimeisterschaften.jpg
Weißflog in 1989.
Medal record
Men's ski jumping
Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Sarajevo Individual normal hill
Gold 1994 Lillehammer Individual large hill
Gold 1994 Lillehammer Team large hill
Silver 1984 Sarajevo Individual large hill
World Championships
Gold 1985 Seefeld Individual normal hill
Gold 1989 Lahti Individual normal hill
Silver 1984 Engelberg Team large hill
Silver 1989 Lahti Individual large hill
Silver 1995 Thunder Bay Team large hill
Bronze 1985 Seefeld Team large hill
Bronze 1991 Val di Fiemme Individual large hill
Bronze 1991 Val di Fiemme Team large hill
Bronze 1993 Falun Individual large hill
Men's ski flying
World Championships
Silver 1985 Planica Individual
Bronze 1990 Vikersund Individual

Jens Weißflog (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.

References[edit]

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