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
Personal best 235.5 m (773 ft)
Planica, 20 Mar 2005
World Cup
Seasons 19982012
Wins 16 (+7 Team)
Additional podiums 22 (+17 Team)
Total podiums 38 (+24 Team)
Updated on 10 March 2015.

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, multiple medals at the Ski Jumping World Championships and Winter Olympics, as well as setting four world record distances in ski flying.


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-Winter 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 was 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. On 23 March 2002 he jumped 224.5 metres, nearly equalling the then-world record of 225 m set two years prior by Andreas Goldberger. At the 20–23 March 2003 event, Hautamäki set three consecutive world records of 227.5 m, 228.5 m and 231 m; the latter making him the first to ever land a jump over 230 m. His record stood until 20 March 2005, a day on which it was equalled once by Tommy Ingebrigtsen and broken a further three times: Bjørn Einar Romøren first jumped 234.5 m during the morning training round, followed by Hautamäki momentarily reclaiming the record with 235.5 m in the afternoon event, which was then shattered again by Romøren only minutes later, who jumped 239 m. Some minutes after that, Hautamäki's countryman Janne Ahonen jumped 240 m, but this was rendered invalid due to him falling hard upon landing.



Preceded by
Adam Małysz
World's longest ski jump
20 March 2003 – 20 March 2005
Succeeded by
Tommy Ingebrigtsen
Preceded by
Bjørn Einar Romøren
World's longest ski jump
20 March 2005 – 20 March 2005
Succeeded by
Bjørn Einar Romøren