Gregor Schlierenzauer

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Gregor Schlierenzauer
FIS Ski Jumping World Cup 2014 - Engelberg - 20141220 - Gregor Schlierenzauer 2.jpg
Schlierenzauer in Engelberg, 2014
Country  Austria
Born (1990-01-07) 7 January 1990 (age 27)
Innsbruck, Austria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Ski club SV Innsbruck–Bergisel
Personal best 243.5 m (799 ft)
Vikersund, 12 February 2011
World Cup career
Seasons 2006–present
Individual wins 53
Team wins 16
Indiv. podiums 88
Team podiums 34
Yellow bibs 44
Indiv. starts 222
Team starts 42
Overall titles 2 (2009, 2013)
Four Hills titles 2 (2012, 2013)
Ski Flying titles 3 (2009, 2011, 2013)
Nordic titles 2 (2008, 2009)
Updated on 26 March 2017.

Gregor Schlierenzauer (pronounced [ˈʃliːʁənt͡saʊ̯ɐ]; born 7 January 1990) is an Austrian ski jumper. He is one of the sport's most successful athletes of all time, having won the Ski Jumping World Cup, Four Hills Tournament, and Nordic Tournament twice each; the Ski Flying World Cup three times; as well as four medals at the Winter Olympics, five at the Ski Flying World Championships, and twelve at the Ski Jumping World Championships.

During his victorious 2008/09 World Cup season, Schlierenzauer set a number of ski jumping records, including surpassing Janne Ahonen's record of twelve individual World Cup wins with thirteen; and also tying Ahonen, Matti Hautamäki, and Thomas Morgenstern's record of six consecutive individual wins in a single season. On 26 January 2013, Schlierenzauer equalled Matti Nykänen's long-standing record of 46 individual World Cup wins, and currently has 53 to his name as of March 2017,[1] which is a record shared with Sara Takanashi.

Early and personal life[edit]

Gregor Schlierenzauer was born on 7 January 1990 in Innsbruck, Tyrol, to Paul and Angelika Schlierenzauer.[2] The second of three children, he has an older sister, Gloria, and a younger brother, Lukas. His uncle is Markus Prock, the winner of three Winter Olympic medals in men's luge, who settled him a contract with Fischer Skis in 2001 and a few years later with Red Bull. Schlierenzauer is deaf in the left ear from birth.[2] At age eight, Schlierenzauer began training in ski jumping at SV Innsbruck–Bergisel club. He attended an ordinary Austrian grammar school, however, due to tight schedules in both sport and school, he had problems keeping up with his class work. Schlierenzauer then enrolled at Skigymnasium Stams in Austria, the world's oldest ski-sport training center and boarding secondary school. He currently resides in Fulpmes, Tyrol.[2]

Schlierenzauer began competing professionally in the 2005/06 season in the Continental Cup, then only fifteen years old. In February 2006, he won the gold medal at the Junior World Championships in Kranj, Slovenia and then Alex Pointner, the coach of the Austrian professional team, called him to compete in the World Cup. Schlierenzauer debuted in the World Cup finishing in 24th place at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival on 12 March 2006.[3]

Ski jumping career[edit]

2006/07 World Cup[edit]

On 3 December 2006, Schlierenzauer took his first World Cup victory in Lillehammer, Norway, and became one of the youngest jumpers to ever win in Lillehammer. He also won in Oberstdorf, Germany, at the Four Hills Tournament 2006/07. During the Four Hills Tournament, Finnish newspapers claimed that Schlierenzauer was extremely underweight, however, no evidence has ever been found to substantiate this accusation. He won the fourth competition, in Bischofshofen, Austria, on his 17th birthday, but finished the tournament in second place, behind Anders Jacobsen (Norway), and in front of Simon Ammann (Switzerland).

Schlierenzauer took fourth place in World Cup 2006/07. He was second, but Adam Małysz from Poland ended up taking the first-place position from Anders Jacobsen, so Schlierenzauer finished third. His coach deemed the event in Planica too demanding for 17-year-old Schlierenzauer, so he did not compete there and ended finishing fourth, behind Adam Małysz, Anders Jacobsen and Simon Ammann.

2007/08 World Cup[edit]

At the beginning of the World Cup 2007/08, Schlierenzauer took 2nd place on the World Cup list, behind his teammate Thomas Morgenstern. He also took 2nd place in Oberstdorf,Germany, during the Four Hills Tournament 2007/08. He won 1st place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen,Germany. He took 8th place at the competition in Bischofshofen which was originally to be held in Innsbruck but was moved due to strong winds. He was one of the favorites for the tournament, but, due to variable weather conditions, arrived only in 42nd position in the first series and did not enter the second series. At the end of the Four Hills Tournament, he ended up in 12th place.

He skipped the competitions in Predazzo, where Tom Hilde from Norway took his first World Cup victory, and in Harrachov. On 25 January 2007, Schlierenzauer took his second World Cup victory in Zakopane, Poland. He also skipped the competition in Sapporo, ruining his chance to take the first-place position from his Austrian teammate Thomas Morgenstern.

After two-second-place finishes in Liberec and an eighth-place finish in Willingen, he took part in the FIS Ski Flying World Championships in Oberstdorf in 2008. After four series of competing, he won the gold medal, on 23 February 2008. The next day, on 24 February, the Austrian team, composed of (Schlierenzauer-Thomas Morgenstern-Koch-Kofler) won gold in the team competition.

He also took part in the 2008 Nordic Tournament. He took the second and fourth place at the two competitions in Kuopio and in Lahti which was moved to Kuopio because of bad weather). Winning at the competitions in Lillehammer and Oslo, he won the 2008 Nordic Tournament.

After consecutively winning the last four individual competitions of the season, Schlierenzauer ranked second overall in the 2007/08 World Cup, 233 points behind his teammate Thomas Morgenstern. In March 2008, he improved the Austrian national record on flying hills to 233.5 meters, which was also the longest jump of Planica 2008 ski jumping events.

2008/09 World Cup[edit]

On 11 February 2009, Schlierenzauer became only the fourth jumper to win 6 consecutive World Cup events, tying the record held by Austrian teammate Thomas Morgenstern and Finns Janne Ahonen and Matti Hautamäki. The run of victories came to an end in Oberstdorf during the ski flying event on 14 February, when Schlierenzauer arrived in 8th position.

On 21 February he won silver in the individual normal hill event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec behind fellow Austrian and Four Hills winner Wolfgang Loitzl. One week later, Schlierenzauer won gold in the team large hill event.

He returned to winning ways in individual competition on 8 March at Lahti, Finland, taking his number of wins to 11 for that season, one victory shy of Janne Ahonen's record of 12 wins in one season.

On 20 March he won the ski flying event at Planica, taking his number of wins to 13 for the season record, record of 20 podiums in a season and clinching the 2008–09 world cup title with two flying events left to run. He also achieved a record of 2083 points in the World Cup over a single season, becoming the first person to obtain more than 2000 points. The current records of wins, podiums and points in a single world cup season is held by Peter Prevc.

2009/10 World Cup[edit]

In the 2009/10 World Cup, Schlierenzauer finished second behind Simon Ammann. He celebrated 8 World Cup victories including wins in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Innsbruck during the Four Hills Tournament. Later on he won two individual bronze medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, and a gold medal in the team competition with Wolfgang Loitzl, Andreas Kofler and Thomas Morgenstern.

2010/11 World Cup[edit]

At the beginning of the 2010/11 World Cup, Schlierenzauer suffered an injury and missed the first two events of the Four Hills Tournament. Even though he was recovering from injury, he managed to take two victories at the Vikersund ski flying hill and, later in the season, won three gold medals at FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo.

2011/12 World Cup[edit]

Schlierenzauer celebrated his first victory of the 2011/12 season in Harrachov on 9 December 2011.[4] On 6 January 2012, Schlierenzauer won the 4 Hills Tournament for the first time. As of 5 February 2012, Schlierenzauer has 40 World Cup victories, 1 gold and 2 bronze Olympic medals, and 8 gold and 2 silver medals at World championships.

2012/13 World Cup[edit]

In the 2012–13 season he won the World Cup individual standings.

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall 4H SF RA NT
2005/06 73 N/A N/A 50
2006/07 4 2nd, silver medalist(s) N/A N/A 24
2007/08 2nd, silver medalist(s) 12 N/A N/A 1st, gold medalist(s)
2008/09 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) N/A 1st, gold medalist(s)
2009/10 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 2nd, silver medalist(s) N/A 4
2010/11 9 36 1st, gold medalist(s) N/A N/A
2011/12 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 8 N/A N/A
2012/13 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) N/A N/A
2013/14 6 8 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A N/A
2014/15 10 7 18 N/A N/A
2015/16 43 33 N/A N/A
2016/17 34 34 28 N/A

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 2006/07 3 December 2006 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS138 LH
2 16 December 2006 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137 LH
3 30 December 2006 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night) LH
4 7 January 2007 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS140 (night) LH
5 7 February 2007 Germany Klingenthal Vogtland Arena HS140 (night) LH
6 2007/08 1 January 2008 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze HS140 LH
7 25 January 2008 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS134 (night) LH
8 7 March 2008 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS138 (night) LH
9 9 March 2008 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS128 LH
10 14 March 2008 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS215 FH
11 16 March 2008 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS215 FH
12 2008/09 6 December 2008 Norway Trondheim Granåsen HS140 (night) LH
13 21 December 2008 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137 LH
14 10 January 2009 Austria Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm HS200 FH
15 11 January 2009 Austria Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm HS200 FH
16 17 January 2009 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS134 (night) LH
17 24 January 2009 Canada Whistler Whistler Olympic Park HS140 LH
18 25 January 2009 Canada Whistler Whistler Olympic Park HS140 LH
19 31 January 2009 Japan Sapporo Okurayama HS134 (night) LH
20 8 February 2009 Germany Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze HS145 (night) LH
21 11 February 2009 Germany Klingenthal Vogtland Arena HS140 (night) LH
22 8 March 2009 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä HS97 NH
23 15 March 2009 Norway Vikersund Vikersundbakken HS207 (night) FH
24 20 March 2009 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS215 FH
25 2009/10 5 December 2009 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS138 (night) LH
26 19 December 2009 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137 LH
27 10 January 2009 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze HS140 LH
28 3 January 2010 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze HS130 LH
29 10 January 2010 Austria Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm HS200 FH
30 22 January 2010 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS134 (night) LH
31 23 January 2010 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS134 (night) LH
32 6 February 2010 Germany Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze HS145 (night) LH
33 2010/11 12 February 2011 Norway Vikersund Vikersundbakken HS225 (night) FH
34 13 February 2011 Norway Vikersund Vikersundbakken HS225 FH
35 18 March 2011 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS215 FH
36 2011/12 9 December 2011 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák HS142 (night) LH
37 30 December 2011 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night) LH
38 1 January 2012 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze HS140 LH
39 21 January 2012 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS134 (night) LH
40 4 February 2012 Italy Val di Fiemme Trampolino dal Ben HS134 (night) LH
41 2012/13 25 November 2012 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS138 LH
42 8 December 2012 Russia Soči RusSki Gorki HS106 (night) NH
43 16 December 2012 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137 LH
44 4 January 2013 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze HS130 LH
45 6 January 2013 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS140 (night) LH
46 26 January 2013 Norway Vikersund Vikersundbakken HS225 FH
47 2 February 2013 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák HS205 FH
48 3 February 2013 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák HS205 FH
49 17 March 2013 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS128 LH
50 22 March 2013 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS215 FH
51 2013/14 29 November 2013 Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS142 (night) LH
52 7 December 2013 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS100 (night) NH
53 2014/15 6 December 2014 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS138 (night) LH

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gregor Schlierenzauer makes ski jumping history". CBC Sports. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Gregor Schlierenzauer, profile at Red Bull, retrieved: 09.12.2011
  3. ^ Gregor Schlierenzauer profile at The-Sports.org, retrieved: 09.12.2011
  4. ^ "Schlierenzauer snaps Kofler streak", Eurosport UK, retrieved: 9 December 2011

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