Mike Holland (ski jumper)

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Mike Holland (born December 9, 1961) is an American 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 several top 10 world cup finishes including a 1st place finish in Bischofshofen, Austria in 1989 and two 2nd place finishes in Harrachov, Czechoslovakia in 1989 and in Thunder Bay, Canada in 1991, respectively.[2]

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]

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