Simon Ammann

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Simon Ammann
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Personal information
Full name Simon Ammann
Born (1981-06-25) 25 June 1981 (age 32)
Grabs,  Switzerland
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Professional information
Club RG Churfirsten
Skis Fischer
Personal best 238.5 m (Vikersund 2011)
World Cup
Seasons 1997–
Wins 21
Additional podiums 52
Total podiums 73
Updated on 6 January 2014.

Simon Ammann (born 25 June 1981) is a Swiss ski jumper and double Olympic Champion at both the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Simon Ammann was born in Grabs, Switzerland, to Margit and Heinrich Ammann and raised in Unterwasser, Switzerland. He has two brothers and three sisters. He married Yana Yanovskaya on 25 June 2010.[1]

Career[edit]

Ammann made his debut as a 16-year-old unknown during the 1997–1998 Ski jumping World Cup season. Ammann qualified for the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, where he finished 35th.

Prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, he crashed and suffered injuries. Despite this, he won the gold medal in both the Individual Normal Hill and Individual Long Hill events, only the second person to accomplish this feat. (The first was Matti Nykänen in 1988). Following the games, Ammann became a star in Switzerland and also made appearances on American talk shows, such as the Late Show with David Letterman (on 20 February 2002).

Ammann also won the ski jumping event at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in 2002 and 2007. This earned him the Holmenkollen medal in 2007 (shared with Frode Estil, Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset, King Harald V, and Queen Sonja of Norway).

He made his third Olympic appearance in 2006 in Turin, Italy.

On 24 February 2007, he won his first medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a victory in the Individual Large Hill in Sapporo, Japan. Ammann would follow this with a silver medal in the Individual Normal Hill the following week. Ammann would complete his set of medals with a bronze medal in the Individual Normal Hill event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, Czech Republic.

In 2010, competing in his fourth Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Ammann won the gold medal in the Individual Normal Hill event. He became the first man in Olympic history to win gold medals in the Individual Normal Hill event in two Olympics.

On 20 February 2010, he also won a gold medal in the Individual Large Hill event at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, thus becoming the first man to win gold medals in both individual ski jumping events in two Olympic games, as well as the most decorated Swiss Olympic athlete of all time. His first jump was 144 meters. His second jump was 138 meters.

In March 2010, Ammann became the overall winner of 2009–10 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, winning all four events at the Nordic Tournament and nine World Cup events in one season overall. He finished the season by becoming the ski flying World Champion in Planica on the largest hill in the world. His 236.5 m fourth round jump was the longest jump of the event and then the second longest jump in history.

He won his most recent gold medal on the FIS World Cup circuit in December 2013. He was selected flag-bearer of the Swiss Winter Olympics team at Sochi, Russia, in February 2014.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi were disappointing for Ammann. He called a news conference, and there was a lot of buzz that he was going to announce his retirement. However, he merely gave a long talk about how it was too early to decide.


Personal life[edit]

Ammann is a student of information technology and electrical engineering at ETH Zurich since 2006. Ammann currently lives in Schindellegi, Switzerland.

Season Titles[edit]

World Cup victories[edit]

Date Location
17 March 2002 Oslo
12 February 2006 Lillehammer
18 March 2007 Oslo
29 November 2008 Kuusamo
7 December 2008 Trondheim
13 December 2008 Pragelato
20 December 2008 Engelberg
29 December 2008 Oberstdorf
6 December 2009 Lillehammer
18 December 2009 Engelberg
20 December 2009 Engelberg
17 January 2010 Sapporo
3 February 2010 Klingenthal
7 March 2010 Lahti
9 March 2010 Kuopio
12 March 2010 Lillehammer
14 March 2010 Oslo
1 January 2011 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
22 January 2011 Zakopane
13 March 2011 Lahti
29 December 2013 Oberstdorf

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Simon Ammann's biography". FIS. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
André Bucher
Didier Cuche
Swiss Sportsmen of the Year
2002
2010
Succeeded by
Roger Federer
Didier Cuche
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Stéphane Lambiel
Flagbearer for Switzerland
Sochi 2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent