Matti Hautamäki

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Matti Hautamäki
Matti Hautamäki (2011).jpg
Hautamäki in 2011
Personal information
Full name Matti Antero Hautamäki
Born (1981-07-14) 14 July 1981 (age 33)
Oulu, Finland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Professional information
Club Puijon Hiihtoseura
Skis Fischer
Personal best World record 235.5 m (Planica 2005)
World Cup
Seasons 1996–2012
Wins 16
Additional podiums 22
Total podiums 38
Updated on 13 October 2014.

Matti Antero Hautamäki (born 14 July 1981) is a Finnish former ski jumper. He is one of Finland's most successful ski jumpers, having won sixteen FIS Ski Jumping World Cup events as well as multiple medals at the Ski Jumping World Championships and Winter Olympics.


Ski jumping[edit]

Hautamäki started ski jumping at the age of seven near his hometown of Oulu. When his older brother Jussi and friend Lauri Hakola moved to Kuopio, Matti joined them. At first he found it difficult to be independent at the age of sixteen, but he received much help and support from his brother, with whom he was living at the time. The help of his new coach Pekka Niemelä, whom he met at the sports school in Kuopio, also helped him advance quickly. In the same year Matti had his first real successes and won medals at the 1997 and 1999 FIS Junior World Ski Jumping Championships.

At the Four Hills Tournament in 2001–02, Hautamäki finished second, his highest ever place in that tournament. In 2004–05 he won the Nordic Tournament for the second time after 2002, with four back-to-back victories. In the 2004–05 season he won six individual events in a row, including the pre-Olympics rehearsal in Pragelato, all four Nordic Tournament events, and the first ski flying event in Planica; this matched the record for the most consecutive victories set by countryman Janne Ahonen in the same season.

Ski flying[edit]

Hautamäki is regarded as a specialist at ski flying—a more extreme version of ski jumping where far greater distances are possible. The majority of his personal best distances were achieved in Planica. In 2002 he jumped 224.5 metres, nearly equalling the then-world record of 225 m. In 2003 he set three consecutive world records of 227.5 m, 228.5 m and 231 m; the latter made him the first to ever land a jump over 230 m. That record stood until 2005, where it was broken a further three times: Bjørn Einar Romøren first jumped 234.5 m, followed by Hautamäki at 235.5 m, and finally Romøren at 239 m.