Mike Holland (ski jumper)

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Mike Holland
Country United States United States
Full name Michael Harry Holland
Born (1961-12-09) 9 December 1961 (age 53)
Norwich, United States
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Personal best 186 m (610 ft)
Planica, 15 Mar 1985
World Cup career
Seasons 19831990
1992
Individual wins 1
Indv. podiums 5
Updated on 30 Mar 2015.

Michael Harry Holland (born 9 December 1961) is an American former ski jumper. He competed in the 1984 Winter Olympics and the 1988 Winter Olympics, and set the world distance record in 1985.

Biography[edit]

A native of Norwich, Vermont,[1] Holland was a five time U.S. national champion. His world record jump of 186 meters in Planica, Slovenia was held for 27 minutes before Finnish jumper Matti Nykänen passed his mark with a jump of 187 meters. With his jump of 186 meters, Holland became the second man to jump over 600 feet (with Matti Nykänen's jump of 607 feet at Oberstdorf a year before).

Holland competed in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Holland had five top ten world cup results including a 1st place finish in Bischofshofen, Austria in 1989; three 2nd place finishes in Harrachov, Thunder Bay and Planica; and 3rd place in Lahti.[2]

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall 4H
1982-83 15 17
1983-84 22 92
1984-85 10 29
1985-86 29 34
1986-87 34 82
1987-88 30 65
1988-89 11 8
1989-90
1991-92 34

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Place Hill Size
1 1988–89 6 Jan 1989 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K-111 LH

Family life[edit]

His younger brothers Joe Holland and Jim Holland were also U.S. national champions, Joe competed in the nordic combined and Jim competed in ski jumping. Both competed on the world cup circuit and in the Olympic Winter Games.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pictures and a chat with Mike Holland about his World Record Ski Jump, Ski Jump East 
  2. ^ Mike Holland at the International Ski Federation
  3. ^ "Meet the Athletes: Ski Jumpers in the Eastern USA". EASTERN SKI JUMPING & NORDIC COMBINED FOUNDATION, INC. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
Records
Preceded by
Matti Nykänen
World's longest ski jump
15 March 1985 – 15 March 1985
Succeeded by
Matti Nykänen