Kazuyoshi Funaki

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Kazuyoshi Funaki
船木 和喜
Country  Japan
Full name 船木 和喜
Born (1975-04-27) 27 April 1975 (age 41)
Yoichi, Hokkaido, Japan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Ski club Fit Ski
Personal best 206.5 m (677 ft)
Planica, 19 Mar 1999
World Cup career
Seasons 1993
19952005
20092012
Individual wins 15
Team wins 2
Indiv. podiums 38
Team podiums 7
Yellow bibs 7
Indiv. starts 238
Team starts 17
Four Hills titles 1 (1998)
Nordic titles 1 (1997)
Updated on 10 February 2016.

Kazuyoshi Funaki (船木 和喜 Funaki Kazuyoshi?) (born 27 April 1975) is a Japanese ski jumper. He ranked among the most successful sportsmen of its discipline, particularly in the 1990s. Funaki is known for his special variant of the V-style, in which the body lies flatter between the skis than usual.

Career[edit]

Funaki began ski jumping at the age of eleven. His birthplace Yoichi is also the home of Yukio Kasaya, who was a Japanese national hero with his Normal Hill victory in the 1972 Winter Olympics at Sapporo. Kasaya was also Funaki's role model.

Funaki had his first World Cup appearance on December 20, 1992 in Sapporo. His first World Cup victory was achieved on December 10, 1994 in the normal hill at Planica, Slovenia. Several weeks later, he was leading the Four Hills Tournament in total tour points after the third event. In the second part of the last event at Bischofshofen, he had the longest jump of 131.5 meters, but fell during the landing - and the overall tour victory went to Austrian Andreas Goldberger, and Funaki finished second.

Altogether Funaki won 15 World Cup career victories, his last on February 5, 2005 at Sapporo. He achieved his best results in the 1997/98 season with a second rank in the World Cup rankings. In that season he also won the Four Hills Tournament.

In 1997, Funaki won the ski jumping event at the Holmenkollen ski festival. He also won the FIS Ski-Flying World Championships 1998 in Oberstdorf.

The high point of his career was in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games at Nagano. In front of his local crowd, Funaki won the individual gold medal on the individual large Hill, the team large hill gold medal, and the individual normal hill silver medal behind the Finn Jani Soininen. During those games, he became only the second person to ever achieve perfect marks from all five judges (20 points is the highest attainable mark), following Toni Innauer who had achieved this masterpiece already in 1976 and preceding Sven Hannawald (2003), Hideharu Miyahira (2003) and Wolfgang Loitzl (2009). In honor of these achievements, he represented Asia in carrying the Olympic Flag during the opening ceremonies of the next Winter Olympics, in Salt Lake City.

At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, he became the world champion of the individual normal hill in 1999 at Ramsau, Austria. And together with the Japanese team, he placed 2nd in the Team large hill in 1997, 1999 and 2003.

For his ski jumping successes, Funaki received the Holmenkollen medal in 1999.

In recent times, Funaki is only moderately successful despite some opportunities for successes. In the 2004/05 season, he finished 13th in the World Cup standing.

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall SF JP 4H NT
1992/93 N/A N/A
1994/95 4 7 N/A 2nd, silver medalist(s) N/A
1995/96 33 19 39 28 N/A
1996/97 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 10 1st, gold medalist(s)
1997/98 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 1st, gold medalist(s) 8
1998/99 4 4 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 2nd, silver medalist(s)
1999/00 14 9 13 13 14
2000/01 30 40 N/A 46
2001/02 11 N/A N/A 25 9
2002/03 30 N/A N/A 33 34
2003/04 40 N/A N/A 44 39
2004/05 30 N/A N/A 52 57
2008/09 63 N/A
2009/10 N/A
2010/11 58 N/A N/A
2011/12 N/A N/A

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Place Hill Size
1 1994/95 10 December 1994 Slovenia Planica Srednja Bloudkova K90 NH
2 4 January 1995 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K110 LH
3 1996/97 14 December 1996 Czechoslovakia Harrachov Čerťák K120 LH
4 4 January 1997 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K110 LH
5 12 March 1997 Finland Kuopio Puijo K-95 (night) NH
6 14 March 1997 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken K112 LH
7 1997/98 29 December 1997 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K115 LH
8 1 January 1998 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K115 LH
9 4 January 1998 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K110 LH
10 25 January 1998 Germany Oberstdorf Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze K185 FH
11 21 March 1998 Slovenia Planica Bloudkova velikanka K120 LH
12 1998/99 10 January 1999 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120 LH
13 24 January 1999 Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama K120 LH
14 6 March 1999 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K90 (night) NH
15 2004/05 5 February 2005 Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama HS134 (night) LH

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