Matti Hautamäki

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Matti Hautamäki
Matti Hautamäki (2011).jpg
Hautamäki in 2011
Country  Finland
Full name Matti Antero Hautamäki
Born (1981-07-14) 14 July 1981 (age 33)
Oulu, Finland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Personal best 235.5 m (773 ft)
Planica, 20 Mar 2005
World Cup career
Seasons 19982012
Individual wins 16
Team wins 7
Indv. podiums 38
Team podiums 24
Nordic titles 2 (2002, 2005)
Updated on 30 March 2015.

Matti Antero Hautamäki (born 14 July 1981) is a Finnish former ski jumper who competed from 1997 to 2012. He is one of Finland's most successful ski jumpers, having won sixteen World Cup events, multiple medals at the World Championships and Winter Olympics, the Nordic Tournament twice, as well as setting four world record distances in ski flying. Together with Thomas Morgenstern, Hautamäki currently holds the hill record in Harrachov, a distance of 214.5 metres (704 ft) set on 9 March 2002.

Career[edit]

Ski jumping[edit]

Hautamäki started ski jumping at the age of seven near his hometown of Oulu. When his older brother Jussi and friend Lauri Hakola moved to Kuopio, Matti joined them. At first he found it difficult to be independent at the age of sixteen, but he received much help and support from his brother, with whom he was living at the time. The help of his new coach Pekka Niemelä, whom he met at the sports school in Kuopio, also helped him advance quickly. In the same year Matti had his first real successes and won medals at the 1997 and 1999 FIS Junior World Ski Jumping Championships.

At the Four Hills Tournament in 2001–02, Hautamäki finished second, his highest ever place in that tournament. In 2002 and 2005 he won the Nordic Tournament, with a clean sweep of all four events in the latter. It was during the 2004–05 season that he won six individual events in a row, including the pre-Winter Olympics rehearsal in Pragelato, and the first ski flying event in Planica; this matched the record for the most consecutive victories set by countryman Janne Ahonen in the same season. Hautamäki also won the ski jumping event at the 2005 Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo.

Ski flying[edit]

Hautamäki was regarded as a specialist at ski flying, with the majority of his personal best distances being achieved in Planica. An early sign of things to come was showcased on 23 March 2002 when he jumped 224.5 metres, nearly equalling the then-world record of 225 m set two years prior by Andreas Goldberger. At the 20–23 March 2003 event, Hautamäki set three consecutive world records of 227.5 m, 228.5 m and 231 m; the latter making him the first to ever officially land a jump over 230 m.[1] His record stood until 20 March 2005, a day on which it was equalled once by Tommy Ingebrigtsen and later broken a further three times in spectacular fashion: Bjørn Einar Romøren first jumped 234.5 m during the morning training round, followed by Hautamäki momentarily reclaiming the record with 235.5 m in the afternoon event. This was then shattered again by Romøren only minutes later, who jumped 239 m. Some minutes after that, Janne Ahonen jumped 240 m, but this was rendered invalid due to him falling hard upon landing.

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall SF JP 4H NT
1997–98 39 37 44 33
1998–99 101 99
1999–00 17 27 16 15 16
2000–01 6 4 N/A 6 11
2001–02 3rd N/A N/A 2nd 1st
2002–03 8 N/A N/A 17 2nd
2003–04 7 N/A N/A 23 11
2004–05 3rd N/A N/A 10 1st
2005–06 11 N/A N/A 5 11
2006–07 9 N/A N/A 20 7
2007–08 19 N/A N/A 13 14
2008–09 12 9 N/A 9 10
2009–10 27 15 N/A 37 22
2010–11 8 10 N/A 7 N/A
2011–12 49 N/A 35 N/A

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Place Hill Size
1 2000-01 2 Dec 2000 Finland Kuopio Puijo K-120 (night) LH
2 2001–02 19 Jan 2002 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K-116 LH
3 13 Mar 2002 Sweden Falun Lugnet K-115 (night) LH
4 15 Mar 2002 Norway Trondheim Granåsen K-120 (night) LH
5 2002–03 22 Mar 2003 Slovenia Planica Velikanka bratov Gorišek K-185 FH
6 23 Mar 2003 Slovenia Planica Velikanka bratov Gorišek K-185 FH
7 2003–04 28 Nov 2003 Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi K-120 (night) LH
8 23 Jan 2004 Japan Hakuba Hakuba K-120 (night) LH
9 2004-05 11 Feb 2005 Italy Pragelato Stadio del Trampolino HS 140 LH
10 6 Mar 2005 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä HS 130 LH
11 9 Mar 2005 Finland Kuopio Puijo HS 127 (night) LH
12 11 Mar 2005 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 138 (night) LH
13 13 Mar 2005 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS 128 LH
14 19 Mar 2005 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS 215 FH
15 2005-06 28 Jan 2006 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS 134 (night) LH
16 29 Jan 2006 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS 134 LH

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Finn breaks ski jump record". BBC Sport. BBC. 2003-03-23. Retrieved 2015-05-21.
Records
Preceded by
Adam Małysz
World's longest ski jump
20 March 2003 – 20 March 2005
Succeeded by
Tommy Ingebrigtsen
Records
Preceded by
Bjørn Einar Romøren
World's longest ski jump
20 March 2005 – 20 March 2005
Succeeded by
Bjørn Einar Romøren