Kazuyoshi Funaki

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Kazuyoshi Funaki
船木 和喜
Kazuyoshi Funaki.jpg
Country Japan Japan
Full name 船木 和喜
Born (1975-04-27) 27 April 1975 (age 40)
Yoichi, 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
Indv. podiums 38
Team podiums 7
Four Hills titles 1 (1998)
Nordic titles 1 (1997)
Updated on 30 Mar 2015.

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 N/A
1995–96 33 19 39 28 N/A
1996–97 3rd 3rd 4 10 1st
1997–98 2nd 2nd 4 1st 8
1998–99 4 4 3rd 5 2nd
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 Dec 1994 Slovenia Planica Bloudek Normal Hill K-92 NH
2 4 Jan 1995 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K-110 LH
3 1996-97 14 Dec 1996 Czechoslovakia Harrachov Čerťák K-120 LH
4 4 Jan 1997 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K-110 LH
5 12 Mar 1997 Finland Kuopio Puijo K-95 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg NH
6 14 Mar 1997 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken K-112 LH
7 1997-98 29 Dec 1997 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K-115 LH
8 1 Jan 1998 Germany Ga-Pa Große Olympiaschanze K-115 LH
9 4 Jan 1998 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K-110 LH
10 25 Jan 1998 Germany Oberstdorf Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze K-185 FH
11 21 Mar 1998 Slovenia Planica Bloudkova velikanka K-120 LH
12 1998-99 10 Jan 1999 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K-120 LH
13 24 Jan 1999 Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama K-120 LH
14 6 Mar 1999 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K-90 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg NH
15 2004-05 5 Feb 2005 Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama HS 134 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH

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