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 33)
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 23
Additional podiums 52
Total podiums 75
Updated on 29 November 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] Ammann is a student of information technology and electrical engineering at ETH Zurich since 2006. Ammann currently lives in Schindellegi, Switzerland.

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.

Season Titles[edit]

World Cup victories[edit]

No. Season Date Place Hill Size
1 2001-02 17 Mar 2002 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken K-115 (night) LH
2 2005-06 12 Feb 2006 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 134 (night) LH
3 2006-07 18 Mar 2007 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS 128 LH
4 2008-09 29 Nov 2008 Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS 142 (night) LH
5 7 Dec 2008 Norway Trondheim Granåsen HS 140 LH
6 13 Dec 2008 Italy Pragelato Trampolino Dal Ben HS 140 (night) LH
7 20 Dec 2008 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS 137 LH
8 29 Dec 2008 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS 137 (night) LH
9 2009-10 6 Dec 2009 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 138 LH
10 18 Dec 2009 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS 137 LH
11 20 Dec 2009 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS 137 LH
12 17 Jan 2010 Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama HS 134 LH
13 3 Feb 2010 Germany Klingenthal Vogtland Arena HS 140 (night) LH
14 7 Mar 2010 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä HS 130 LH
15 9 Mar 2010 Finland Kuopio Puijo HS 127 (night) LH
16 12 Mar 2010 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 138 (night) LH
17 14 Mar 2010 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS 128 LH
18 2010-11 1 Jan 2011 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze HS 140 LH
19 22 Jan 2011 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS 134 (night) LH
20 13 Mar 2011 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä HS 130 LH
21 2013-14 29 Dec 2013 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS 137 (night) LH
22 2014-15 28 Nov 2014 Finland Ruka Rukatunturi HS 142 (night) LH
23 29 Nov 2014 Finland Ruka Rukatunturi HS 142 (night) LH

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