Ahonen in Oslo, 2011
|Full name||Janne Petteri Ahonen|
|Born||11 May 1977|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Ski club||Lahden Hiihtoseura|
|Personal best||233.5 m (766 ft)|
Planica, 20 March 2005
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||2 (2004, 2005)|
|Four Hills titles||5 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2006,|
|Nordic titles||1 (2000)|
|JP titles||1 (1999)|
|Updated on 27 October 2018.|
Janne Petteri Ahonen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈjɑnːe ˈpetːeri ˈɑhonen] pronunciation (help·info); born 11 May 1977) is a Finnish former ski jumper and drag racer. He is one of the most successful ski jumpers of all time, as well as one of the most successful from Finland, having won two consecutive World Cup overall titles, the Four Hills Tournament a record five times, two individual gold medals at the World Championships, and the Nordic Tournament once. Nicknamed "The King Eagle", Ahonen has been described as the greatest ski jumper to have never won an individual Winter Olympic medal.
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 seven 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. His seven Olympic Games rank him second in terms of number of Olympic participations among ski jumpers, behind Noriaki Kasai.
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"), in reference to the distinctive plastic masks he wore in competitions from 1996 until 2002. 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. He went on to finish 29th on the normal hill and 22nd on the large hill. Ahonen also was a member of the Finnish ski jumping team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, where he placed 27th and 40th in the individual competitions and was part of the Finnish team that finished eighth in the team competition.
In October 2018 Ahonen announced his retirement from competitive jumping for a third time, stating "I will never quit ski jumping — I will continue to jump when I feel like it — but I can confirm that I will not take part in any competitions anymore".
|Event||Normal hill||Large hill||Team|
|2002 Salt Lake City||4th||9th||Silver|
|1||1993/94||19 December 1993||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120||LH|
|2||1994/95||1 January 1995||Garmisch-Partenkirchen||Große Olympiaschanze K107||LH|
|3||1995/96||3 December 1995||Lillehammer||Lysgårdsbakken K120||LH|
|4||10 February 1996||Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf||Kulm K185||FH|
|5||1997/98||7 March 1998||Lahti||Salpausselkä K114||LH|
|6||1998/99||6 December 1998||Chamonix||Le Mont K95||NH|
|7||19 December 1998||Harrachov||Čerťák K120||LH|
|8||20 December 1998||Harrachov||Čerťák K120||LH|
|9||9 January 1999||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120||LH|
|10||17 January 1999||Zakopane||Wielka Krokiew K116||LH|
|11||7 February 1999||Harrachov||Čerťák K120||LH|
|12||1999/00||12 December 1999||Villach||Villacher Alpenarena K90 (night)||NH|
|13||4 December 2000||Lahti||Salpausselkä K90 (night)||NH|
|14||2002/03||21 December 2002||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze K125||LH|
|15||4 January 2003||Innsbruck||Bergiselschanze K120||LH|
|16||2003/04||10 January 2004||Liberec||Ještěd A K120||LH|
|17||11 January 2004||Liberec||Ještěd A K120||LH|
|18||14 February 2004||Willingen||Mühlenkopfschanze K130||LH|
|19||2004/05||27 November 2004||Kuusamo||Rukatunturi HS142 (night)||LH|
|20||28 November 2004||Kuusamo||Rukatunturi HS142||LH|
|21||4 December 2004||Trondheim||Granåsen HS131 (night)||LH|
|22||5 December 2004||Trondheim||Granåsen HS131||LH|
|23||12 December 2004||Harrachov||Čerťák HS142||LH|
|24||18 December 2004||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137||LH|
|25||19 December 2004||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137||LH|
|26||29 December 2004||Oberstdorf||Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night)||LH|
|27||1 January 2005||Garmisch-Partenkirchen||Große Olympiaschanze HS125||LH|
|28||3 January 2005||Innsbruck||Bergiselschanze HS130||LH|
|29||9 January 2005||Willingen||Mühlenkopfschanze HS145||LH|
|30||22 January 2005||Titisee-Neustadt||Hochfirstschanze HS142||LH|
|31||2005/06||29 December 2005||Oberstdorf||Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night)||LH|
|32||6 January 2006||Bischofshofen||Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS140 (night)||LH|
|33||2007/08||5 January 2008||Bischofshofen||Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS140||LH|
|34||6 January 2008||Bischofshofen||Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS140 (night)||LH|
|35||20 January 2008||Harrachov||Čerťák HS205||FH|
|36||4 March 2008||Kuopio||Puijo HS127 (night)||LH|
Invalid ski jumping world record
|20 March 2005||Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS215||Planica, Slovenia||240||787|
Not recognized! Crash at world record distance.
Ahonen is married to Tiia Ahonen. They have two sons, Mico (born 2001) and Milo (born 2008).
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