Martin Schmitt

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Martin Schmitt
Martin Schmitt 2005.jpg
Schmitt in Oslo, 2005
Country  Germany
Born (1978-01-29) 29 January 1978 (age 38)
Villingen-Schwenningen,
West Germany
Personal best 224 m (735 ft)
Planica, 23 Mar 2002
World Cup career
Seasons 19972014
Individual wins 28
Team wins 2
Indiv. podiums 52
Team podiums 15
Yellow bibs 45
Indiv. starts 292
Team starts 31
Overall titles 2 (1999, 2000)
Ski Flying titles 2 (1999, 2001)
NH/LH titles 1 (2000)
Updated on 10 February 2016.

Martin Schmitt (German pronunciation: [ˈmaʁtɪn ˈʃmɪt]; born 29 January 1978) is a German former ski jumper, and one of Germany's most successful athletes. Beginning his competitive career at the Furtwangen area skiing club in Germany, his and countryman Sven Hannawald's successes made ski jumping one of the most popular sports in the country. With particular help from cable TV station RTL, their coverage received great acclaim.

Career[edit]

Schmitt's first great success came when, as a schoolboy at the Furtwangen ski boarding school, he achieved a bronze medal in the 1997 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Trondheim. The following season, he won the team large hill silver at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.

In 1998/99 Schmitt won the team World Cup for the first time and triumphed at the 1999 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Ramsau by winning the individual and team large hill events. He successfully defended his World Cup title in 1999–2000.

Schmitt enjoyed particular world success in ski jumping between 1999 and 2001. With 28 world cup successes (10 in the 1998/1999 season, 11 in 1999/00, 6 in 2000/01, and 1 in 2001/02), he finished sixth in the world rankings behind Matti Nykänen (46 victories), Gregor Schlierenzauer (44 victories), Adam Małysz (39 victories), Janne Ahonen (36 victories) and Jens Weißflog (33 victories). At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, he won eight medals (including four gold), and at the Winter Olympics he won two silver medals and one gold medal.

He had his best season in 2000/01 by finishing second behind Adam Małysz for the World Cup title. At the 2001 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, he won both the individual and team large hills. In addition he gained a silver medal in the individual normal hill and a bronze in the team normal hill. Consequently, he became the first ski jumper to win four medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

After the 2001 season, Schmitt began to suffer from injuries, and could no longer equal his earlier successes. Nonetheless, in the 2001/2002 season he won another team gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, as well as winning silver in the WC at Harrachov. His last world cup success was on 1 March 2002 in Lahti.

After many back injuries in the 2004/05 season, he did not take part in the World Cup for many weeks, in order that he could be better prepared for the 2005 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf. There he won a silver medal in the team normal hill. Schmitt returned to win a silver in the individual large hill event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec.

Despite the lack of wins for over a decade Schmitt continues to compete. For the 2012/13 season he had to compete in the second tier FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup. Until just days before the start of the prestigious Four Hills Tournament it looked as if he would not be nominated for the first time since the 1996/1997 edition. A surprise win at the Continental Cup competition at Engelberg (Switzerland) just two days before the first four hills competition at Oberstdorf earned him a last-minute inclusion in the 'national group', a group of additional German entries allowed for the first two jumps at Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. By performing strongly, even being the best-placed German after the first jump at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Schmitt got a surprise promotion back into the main squad, which allows him to participate in the two Austrian competitions in Innsbruck and Bischofshofen.

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall SF JP 4H NT
1996/97 55 52 35
1997/98 27 37 24 27 12
1998/99 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 5
1999/00 1st, gold medalist(s) 14 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7
2000/01 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) N/A 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2001/02 5 N/A N/A 7 5
2002/03 23 N/A N/A 20 11
2003/04 20 N/A N/A 16 30
2004/05 37 N/A N/A 33 15
2005/06 39 N/A N/A 50 22
2006/07 17 N/A N/A 14 14
2007/08 19 N/A N/A 8 24
2008/09 6 13 N/A 4 6
2009/10 29 N/A 21 30
2010/11 30 45 N/A 29 N/A
2011/12 65 N/A 52 N/A
2012/13 39 N/A 10 N/A
2013/14 78 N/A 42 N/A

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Place Hill Size
1 1998/99 28 November 1998 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken K120 (night) LH
2 29 November 1998 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken K120 (night) LH
3 5 December 1998 France Chamonix Le Mont K95 NH
4 8 December 1998 Italy Predazzo Trampolino dal Ben K120 (night) LH
5 30 December 1998 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K115 LH
6 1 January 1999 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K115 LH
7 23 January 1999 Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama K120 LH
8 4 March 1999 Finland Kuopio Puijo K120 (night) LH
9 11 March 1999 Sweden Falun Lugnet K115 (night) LH
10 19 March 1999 Slovenia Planica Velikanka bratov Gorišek K185 FH
11 1999/00 27 November 1999 Finland Kuopio Puijo K120 (night) LH
12 18 December 1999 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K116 LH
13 19 December 1999 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K116 LH
14 30 December 1999 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K115 LH
15 8 January 2000 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120 LH
16 9 January 2000 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120 LH
17 22 January 2000 Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama K120 LH
18 23 January 2000 Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama K120 LH
19 26 February 2000 United States Iron Mountain Pine Mountain Ski Jump K120 LH
20 27 February 2000 United States Iron Mountain Pine Mountain Ski Jump K120 LH
21 5 March 2000 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K116 (night) LH
22 2000/01 24 November 2000 Finland Kuopio Puijo K120 (night) LH
23 3 December 2000 Finland Kuopio Puijo K120 (night) LH
24 29 December 2000 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K115 LH
25 24 January 2001 Japan Hakuba Olympic Hills K120 (night) LH
26 3 March 2001 Germany Oberstdorf Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze K185 FH
27 18 March 2001 Slovenia Planica Velikanka bratov Gorišek K185 FH
28 2001/02 1 March 2002 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K116 (night) LH

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Georg Hackl
German Sportsman of the Year
1999
Succeeded by
Nils Schumann
Records
Preceded by
Lasse Ottesen
World's longest ski jump
214.5 m (704 ft)

19 March 1999 – 20 March 1999
Succeeded by
Tommy Ingebrigtsen