|Full name||Matti Antero Hautamäki|
July 14, 1981 |
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Personal best||235.5 m ( Planica 2005)|
Matti made his first ski-jumping attempts at the age of seven near his home town of Oulu. When his older brother Jussi and his friend Lauri Hakola moved to Kuopio, Matti followed them. At first it was quite difficult to be independent at the age of 16, but he got 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 quickly helped him advance. In the same year Matti had his first real successes and won medals at 1997 and 1999 Junior World Cups.
He is the younger brother of other former Finnish ski jumper - Jussi Hautamäki.
Successes to date
At the Four Hills Tournament in 2001–02 Hautamäki finished second, and in 2005 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 jumps in a row (including the pre-Olympic rehearsal in Pragelato, the four Nordic Tournament jumps, and the first jump in Planica) and thus matched the record for the most consecutive victories. (Janne Ahonen had six consecutive victories in the same season.) His jumps have been judged with the maximum score of 20 multiple times, and he is considered the best ski flier. From 2003 to 2005, he maintained the world record in ski flying of 231 meters. In March 2005 in Planica he even reached 235.5 m, but lost the world record in the same competition to Bjørn Einar Romøren, who achieved 239 m.
- 16 victories in competition
- 2005 ski jumping event at the Holmenkollen ski festival.
- became the only one who won all four competitions of the Nordic Tournament (Lahti, Kuopio, Lillehammer and Oslo) in the 2004/2005 season
- holds the record of 6 consecutive wins in 2004/2005 season together with Janne Ahonen and Austrians Thomas Morgenstern (in 2007/2008 season) and Gregor Schlierenzauer (in 2008/2009 season)
- Matti Hautamaeki at the International Ski Federation
- Holmenkollen winners since 1892 - click Vinnere for downloadable pdf file (Norwegian)
- Official Website
This article includes material translated from the German and French Wikipedias.