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|Full name||Simon Ammann|
25 June 1981 |
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Personal best||238.5 m (Vikersund 2011)|
|Updated on 6 January 2014.|
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.
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.
World Cup victories
|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|
- List of Olympic medalists in ski jumping
- List of FIS Nordic World Ski Championships medalists in ski jumping
- List of FIS Ski Flying World Championships medalists in ski flying
- "Simon Ammann's biography". FIS. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
|Awards and achievements|
|Swiss Sportsmen of the Year
|Flagbearer for Switzerland