|Born||20 September 1992|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10+1⁄2 in)|
|Ski club||SK Triglav Kranj|
|Personal best||250 m (820 ft) |
Vikersund, 14 February 2015
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||1 (2016)|
|Four Hills titles||1 (2016)|
|Ski Flying titles||3 (2014, 2015, 2016)|
|Updated on 5 December 2021.|
Peter Prevc (Slovene: [ˈpéːtəɾ ˈpɾéːwts]; born 20 September 1992) is a Slovenian ski jumper. He is one of the sport's most successful contemporary athletes, having won the 2016 Ski Jumping World Cup overall title and two Olympic medals, silver and bronze at the 2014 Winter Olympics. His other career accomplishments include finishing runner-up in the 2014 and 2015 World Cup seasons, winning the 2016 Four Hills Tournament and 2016 Ski Flying World Championships, three consecutive Ski Flying World Cup overall titles (2014, 2015, and 2016), silver and bronze medals at the 2013 Ski Jumping World Championships, bronze at the 2014 Ski Flying World Championships, and bronze and silver with the Slovenian national team at the 2011 Ski Jumping and 2018 Ski Flying World Championships, respectively.
A specialist in ski flying, Prevc is a former world record holder and the first athlete in history to land a jump of 250 metres (820 ft), which remains the Slovenian national distance record. In 2015, in Planica, Prevc became one of the few ski jumpers in history to achieve a "perfect jump", with all five judges awarding him the maximum style points of 20. In the following year, Prevc achieved the most individual World Cup competition wins in a single season – 15 – which is also a record.
Prevc was named the Slovenian Sportsman of the Year for four consecutive years between 2013 and 2016. In March 2016, he was voted Athlete of the Month by the United States Sports Academy and finished third in the Athlete of the Year vote for 2016.
Prevc was born in Kranj to Božidar and Julijana Prevc; the family has since been living in the village of Dolenja Vas. He is the oldest of five children; he has two brothers (Domen and Cene, who are also World Cup ski jumpers) and two sisters. His father, who owns a furniture business, is also an international ski jumping referee. When younger, he trained cross-country skiing and also tried ski jumping. His mother is a librarian.
Prevc attended the first half of his elementary school education in Selca, the second half in Železniki, and gymnasium in Kranj. At the age of nine, Prevc started training in ski jumping at the Bregarca K25 hill, located in Dolenja Vas. At the Junior World Ski Championships in February 2009, he finished 6th in the individual and 5th in the team event.
2009–10 to 2012–13: World Cup debut and early seasons
Prevc made his World Cup debut in the 2009–10 season, finishing 22nd in Lillehammer, Norway, on 5 December 2009. In January 2010, at the Junior World Championships, Prevc finished won silver at the individual and bronze at the team event.
In February 2010, he was a member of Slovenian team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he finished 7th in the individual normal hill and 16th in the individual large hill. Together with Robert Kranjec, Primož Pikl, and Mitja Mežnar, Prevc finished 8th in the team large hill event. He finished the World Cup season at the 35th place in the overall standings.
In the 2010–11 season, Prevc first participated at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 in Oslo. Together with Kranjec, Jernej Damjan, and Jurij Tepeš, he won a bronze medal at the team large hill. At the end of the year, the ski jumping team was voted the Slovenian Sports Team of the Year by the Association of Slovene sports journalists.
In March 2011, Prevc made his ski flying debut in Planica. In the sky flying team event, Prevc won his first World Cup podium, a third place. In the overall standings, he finished the season in 24th place.
In the 2011–12 season, Prevc recorded four top 10 finishes. In February, Prevc was a member of the team that won the first ever World Cup team victory for Slovenia at the ski flying team event in Oberstdorf, together with Kranjec, Tepeš, and Jure Šinkovec. Prevc jumped 225.5 meters (which would equal the hill record) in the one-series event but fell hard after the landing and injured his shoulder. He needed surgery which meant he had to finish the season early and also missed out the Ski Flying World Championships in Vikersund. Although he missed the last five events of the season, Prevc finished 15th in the overall standings.
In the 2012–13 season, Prevc won three World Cup team events in Zakopane, Willingen, and Planica. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2013 in Val di Fiemme, Prevc won a silver medal at the individual large hill event and a bronze medal at the individual normal hill event.
At the last two events of the season in Planica, Prevc reached his first two individual World Cup podiums, a second and a third place. He finished the season 7th in the overall standings. At the end of the year, Prevc was voted the Slovenian Sportman of the Year for the first time.
2013–14 and 2014–15: The runner-up
In the 2013–14 season, Prevc recorded his first individual World Cup win in Kulm. With a second place at the same venue, Prevc won the season's ski flying title since there were only two scheduled ski flying events in the season. He went on to win in Sapporo which brought him to the top of the World Cup overall standings for the first time in his career, where he remained for the next couple of events.
At the end of the season, he finished second in the overall rankings, after Kamil Stoch of Poland. Prevc also won the last world cup event of the season in Planica, accumulating three wins and eleven podiums in total which was his most successful season until then.
At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Prevc won a silver medal at the normal hill event and a bronze medal at the large hill event. At the FIS Ski Flying World Championships 2014, he took bronze after the last two out of four jumps were cancelled.
The 2014–15 season was very successful for Prevc, with 3 wins and 11 more podiums in the World Cup. In addition, he won two team events and one third place with the Slovenian team. On 14 February 2015, Prevc set a new ski flying world record in Vikersund with a 250 m (820 ft) jump; this record was beaten the following day with a 251.5 metres (825 ft) jump by Anders Fannemel. On 20 March in Planica, Prevc achieved a "perfect jump" with all style referees awarding him maximum 20 points. At the same event, he also set a new hill record with 248.5 m. Prevc spent a couple of weeks at the top of the standings during the season. At the end, he had the same number of points as Severin Freund of Germany, but the overall title went to Freund because of the higher number of victories during the season (9 for Freund and 3 for Prevc). Prevc defended the ski flying title.
At the 2015 World Championships, Prevc finished 4th on the large hill, 13th on the normal hill, and 6th with the Slovenian team at the team event. Prevc took two 3rd places at the 2014–15 Four Hills Tournament which secured him a 3rd place in the overall tournament standing.
2015–16: The record-breaking season
On 19 December in Engelberg, Peter and his younger brother Domen Prevc both finished on the podium as the first pair of brothers in World Cup history. With three wins and one third place, Prevc won the 2016 Four Hills Tournament, thus becoming the second Slovenian ski jumper to win the Tournament after Primož Peterka in the 1996–97 season.
On 16 January at the Ski Flying World Championships in Kulm, Prevc became the ski flying world champion. The event consisted of three rounds as the fourth round was cancelled because of strong wind. He set two hill records during the competition.
On 14 February in Vikersund, Prevc won the event despite sliding upon landing (he remained on his feet nevertheless), which rarely happens in ski jumping. By winning the second event in Almaty on 28 February, Prevc secured his first World Cup title, six events before the end of the season. At the end of the season, Prevc broke several statistical records. He won the highest number of points, victories, and podium finishes in a single season (2303 points, 15 victories and 22 podiums in total, the previous records being 2083 points, 13 victories, and 20 podiums by Gregor Schlierenzauer from the 2008–09 season). Other records include the point difference between the first and the second in the overall standings (813), the best average of points per event (79.4), and the highest number of points in the Four Hills Tournament (1139.4). By winning the ski flying title, Prevc became the first ski jumper to win the title for three years in a row.
At the first event of the 2016–17 season in Ruka, Finland, Prevc, who was leading after the first series, fell upon landing in the second series and finished third. His brother Domen scored his first World Cup victory on that occasion. Throughout December, Prevc was struggling with his jumps, fell again upon landing at the first event in Engelberg and did not reach the final round at the second event. After the Four Hill Tournament, where he finished 14th, Prevc skipped the events in Wisla. Following the break, his results started to improve again. Prevc was the best individual of the team event in Zakopane, where Slovenian team finished third. The team event in Willingen saw, for the first time, all three Prevc brothers representing Slovenia; together with Tepeš, they finished fourth. On 11 February, he won his only event of the season in Sapporo; it was a double win with Maciej Kot. Prevc's best result at the World Championships was a 4th place in mixed event and he collected five more top 10 World Cup finishes by the end of the season. He finished 9th in the overall and 5th both in the sky flying and in the inaugural Raw Air standings.
World Cup results
- Season in progress; standings as of 5 December 2021
|1||2013–14||12 January 2014||Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf||Kulm HS200||FH|
|2||25 January 2014||Sapporo||Ōkurayama HS134||LH|
|3||23 March 2014||Planica||Bloudkova velikanka HS139||LH|
|4||2014–15||24 January 2015||Sapporo||Ōkurayama HS134||LH|
|5||14 February 2015||Vikersund||Vikersundbakken HS225||FH|
|6||20 March 2015||Planica||Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS225||FH|
|7||2015–16||13 December 2015||Nizhny Tagil||Tramplin Stork HS134||LH|
|8||19 December 2015||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137||LH|
|9||20 December 2015||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137||LH|
|10||1 January 2016||Garmisch-Partenkirchen||Große Olympiaschanze HS140||LH|
|11||3 January 2016||Innsbruck||Bergiselschanze HS130||LH|
|12||6 January 2016||Bischofshofen||Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS140||LH|
|13||10 January 2016||Willingen||Mühlenkopfschanze HS145||LH|
|14||30 January 2016||Sapporo||Ōkurayama HS134||LH|
|15||10 February 2016||Trondheim||Granåsen HS140||LH|
|16||13 February 2016||Vikersund||Vikersundbakken HS225||FH|
|17||14 February 2016||Vikersund||Vikersundbakken HS225||FH|
|18||27 February 2016||Almaty||Sunkar HS140||LH|
|19||28 February 2016||Almaty||Sunkar HS140||LH|
|20||17 March 2016||Planica||Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS225||FH|
|21||20 March 2016||Planica||Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS225||FH|
|22||2016–17||11 February 2017||Sapporo||Ōkurayama HS137||LH|
|23||2019–20||9 March 2020||Lillehammer||Lysgårdsbakken HS140||LH|
Individual starts (273)
Awards and nominations
|2011||Slovenian Team of the Year||Slovene sports journalists association||Won|
|2013||Slovenian Sportsman of the Year||Slovene sports journalists association||Won|
|2014||Slovenian Sportsman of the Year||Slovene sports journalists association||Won|
|2015||Slovenian Sportsman of the Year||Slovene sports journalists association||Won|
|2016||Athlete of the Month for March||United States Sports Academy||Won|
|Slovenian Sportsman of the Year||Slovene sports journalists association||Won|
|European Sportsperson of the Year||European Alliance of News Agencies||16th|
|Athlete of the Year||United States Sports Academy||3rd|
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