Janne Ahonen

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Janne Ahonen
Janne Ahonen Hockenheimring 2010-08-14.jpg
Ahonen in 2010
Country  Finland
Full name Janne Petteri Ahonen
Born (1977-05-11) 11 May 1977 (age 39)
Lahti, Finland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Ski club Lahden Hiihtoseura
Personal best 233.5 m (766 ft)
Planica, 20 Mar 2005
World Cup career
Seasons 19932008
20102011
2014–present
Individual wins 36
Team wins 10
Indiv. podiums 108
Team podiums 25
Indiv. starts 399
Team starts 40
Overall titles 2 (2004, 2005)
Four Hills titles 5 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2006,
2008)
Nordic titles 1 (2000)
NH/LH titles 1 (1999)
Updated on 21 February 2016.

Janne Petteri Ahonen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈjɑnːɛ ˈpɛʈːɛrɪ ˈɑhonɛn] About this sound pronunciation ; born 11 May 1977) is a Finnish ski jumper and drag racer.

Career[edit]

Ahonen's most notable achievements include five World Championships (normal hill in 1997; large hill in 2005; team large hill in 1995, 1997 and 2003), two World Cup overall titles (2003/04 and 2004/05) and a record-breaking five victories in the Four Hills Tournament (1998/99, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2007/08). He is the all-time leader in World Cup points, podiums (133) and top 10 appearances (245). With 36 World Cup victories, Ahonen has the fourth-most behind Gregor Schlierenzauer, Matti Nykänen and Adam Małysz. In 2005, Ahonen was named the Finnish Sports Personality of the Year.

Over the course of nine World Ski Jumping Championships, nine Ski Flying World Championships and five Winter Olympics, Ahonen has won a total of 19 medals, equalling the medal count of Matti Nykänen–although most of Ahonen's are in team, rather than individual events. Despite his successes, Ahonen has never won an individual Olympic medal, placing fourth three times. In Olympic team competitions, he has won two silver medals.

Ahonen announced his retirement from ski jumping on 28 March 2008, with a farewell competition held in Lahti on 9 July 2008. After a season's absence, he returned for two more seasons in 2009/10 and 2010/11. The best achievement of his revived career was a second place in the 2009/10 Four Hills Tournament.

During his ski jumping career, Ahonen has been known for his apparent lack of emotion and is rarely seen smiling even on the podium. When asked for a reason, he responded with "We came here to jump and not to smile." In Finnish interviews Ahonen often made sarcastic comments with dry humour. The German press nicknamed Ahonen "Der Mann mit der Maske" ("The Man with the Mask"),[1] in reference to the distinctive plastic masks he wore in competitions from 1996 until 2002.[2][3] In Finland, Ahonen is often called "Kuningaskotka" ("King Eagle").

On 10 January 2013, Ahonen announced that he would come out of retirement for a second time, with the aim of winning a medal in an individual event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[4] He went on to finish 29th on the normal hill and 22nd on the large hill.

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall SF JP 4H NT
1992/93 50 N/A 46 N/A
1993/94 10 12 N/A 16 N/A
1994/95 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 N/A 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A
1995/96 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 6 N/A
1996/97 8 7 9 18 4
1997/98 9 11 8 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9
1998/99 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 15
1999/00 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
2000/01 5 6 N/A 2nd, silver medalist(s) 36
2001/02 15 N/A N/A 26 6
2002/03 4 N/A N/A 1st, gold medalist(s) 13
2003/04 1st, gold medalist(s) N/A N/A 5 4
2004/05 1st, gold medalist(s) N/A N/A 1st, gold medalist(s) 5
2005/06 2nd, silver medalist(s) N/A N/A 1st, gold medalist(s) 24
2006/07 8 N/A N/A 8 4
2007/08 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A N/A 1st, gold medalist(s) 4
2009/10 11 10 N/A 2nd, silver medalist(s) 51
2010/11 44 N/A 24 N/A
2013/14 31 N/A 23 N/A
2014/15 58 46 N/A N/A
2015/16 N/A N/A

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 1993/94 19 December 1993 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120 LH
2 1994/95 1 January 1995 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K107 LH
3 1995/96 3 December 1995 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken K120 LH
4 10 February 1996 Austria Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm K185 FH
5 1997/98 7 March 1998 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K114 LH
6 1998/99 6 December 1998 France Chamonix Le Mont K95 NH
7 19 December 1998 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák K120 LH
8 20 December 1998 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák K120 LH
9 9 January 1999 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120 LH
10 17 January 1999 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K116 LH
11 7 February 1999 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák K120 LH
12 1999/00 12 December 1999 Austria Villach Villacher Alpenarena K90 (night) NH
13 4 December 2000 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K90 (night) NH
14 2002/03 21 December 2002 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K125 LH
15 4 January 2003 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K120 LH
16 10 January 2004 Czech Republic Liberec Ještěd A K120 LH
17 11 January 2004 Czech Republic Liberec Ještěd A K120 LH
18 14 February 2004 Germany Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K130 LH
19 2004/05 27 November 2004 Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS142 (night) LH
20 28 November 2004 Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS142 LH
21 4 December 2004 Norway Trondheim Granåsen HS131 (night) LH
22 5 December 2004 Norway Trondheim Granåsen HS131 LH
23 12 December 2004 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák HS142 LH
24 18 December 2004 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137 LH
25 19 December 2004 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137 LH
26 29 December 2004 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night) LH
27 1 January 2005 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze HS125 LH
28 3 January 2005 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze HS130 LH
29 9 January 2005 Germany Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze HS145 LH
30 22 January 2005 Germany Titisee-Neustadt Hochfirstschanze HS142 LH
31 2005/06 29 December 2005 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night) LH
32 6 January 2006 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS140 (night) LH
33 2007/08 5 January 2008 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS140 LH
34 6 January 2008 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS140 (night) LH
35 20 January 2008 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák HS205 FH
36 4 March 2008 Finland Kuopio Puijo HS127 (night) LH

Drag racing[edit]

Ahonen competes with his Ahonen Racing Team - ART[5] in drag racing, winning the Finnish and Nordic Championships. His best performance in Top Fuel is 4,044 sec. 476,19 kph in 2012.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Ahonen is married to Tiia Ahonen. They have two sons, Mico (born 2001) and Milo (born 2008).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zeilmann, Kathrin (2003-01-06). "Der Mann mit der Maske" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. Funke-Mediengruppe. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  2. ^ "For Janne – by Niillas Holmberg". olympiastadion.no. 2013-12-29. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  3. ^ Petr (2008-04-03). "Janne Ahonen a jeho skokanská kariéra" (in Polish). skoky.net. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  4. ^ "Janne Ahonen, Finland's comeback kid renews Olympic quest". olympic.org. 2014-01-12. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/Moottoriurheilu/
  6. ^ http://www.drdb.eu/pbdrv.asp?drv=10

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi
Flagbearer for  Finland
Nagano 1998
Succeeded by
Toni Nieminen