Simon Ammann

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Simon Ammann
Simon Ammann (2011).jpg
Country Switzerland Switzerland
Full name Simon Ammann
Born (1981-06-25) 25 June 1981 (age 34)
Grabs, Switzerland
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Ski club RG Churfirsten
Personal best 238.5 m (782 ft)
Vikersund, 13 Feb 2011
World Cup career
Seasons 1998–present
Individual wins 23
Indv. podiums 79
Overall titles 1 (2010)
Nordic titles 1 (2010)
Updated on 30 Mar 2015.

Simon Ammann (born 25 June 1981) is a Swiss ski jumper and double Olympic Champion at both the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

Career[edit]

Ammann made his debut as a 16-year-old unknown during the 1997–1998 Ski jumping World Cup season. Ammann qualified for the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, where he finished 35th.

Prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, he crashed and suffered injuries. Despite this, he won the gold medal in both the Individual Normal Hill and Individual Long Hill events, only the second person to accomplish this feat. (The first was Matti Nykänen in 1988). Following the games, Ammann became a star in Switzerland and also made appearances on American talk shows, such as the Late Show with David Letterman (on 20 February 2002).

Ammann also won the ski jumping event at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in 2002 and 2007. This earned him the Holmenkollen medal in 2007 (shared with Frode Estil, Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset, King Harald V, and Queen Sonja of Norway).

He made his third Olympic appearance in 2006 in Turin, Italy.

On 24 February 2007, he won his first medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a victory in the Individual Large Hill in Sapporo, Japan. Ammann would follow this with a silver medal in the Individual Normal Hill the following week. Ammann would complete his set of medals with a bronze medal in the Individual Normal Hill event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, Czech Republic.

In 2010, competing in his fourth Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Ammann won the gold medal in the Individual Normal Hill event. He became the first man in Olympic history to win gold medals in the Individual Normal Hill event in two Olympics.

On 20 February 2010, he also won a gold medal in the Individual Large Hill event at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, thus becoming the first man to win gold medals in both individual ski jumping events in two Olympic games, as well as the most decorated Swiss Olympic athlete of all time. His first jump was 144 meters. His second jump was 138 meters.

In March 2010, Ammann became the overall winner of 2009–10 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, winning all four events at the Nordic Tournament and nine World Cup events in one season overall. He finished the season by becoming the ski flying World Champion in Planica on the largest hill in the world. His 236.5 m fourth round jump was the longest jump of the event and then the second longest jump in history.

He won his most recent gold medal on the FIS World Cup circuit in December 2013. He was selected flag-bearer of the Swiss Winter Olympics team at Sochi, Russia, in February 2014.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi were disappointing for Ammann. He called a news conference, and there was a lot of buzz that he was going to announce his retirement. However, he merely gave a long talk about how it was too early to decide.

On 6 January 2015, Ammann was injured on his second-round jump in Bischofshofen during the final stage of the 2014–15 Four Hills Tournament. His representation has since stated that his condition is stable, with the most damage being to his face. The Four Hills tournament proved to be a very tough outing overall for Ammann, as he also fell in the first round in Oberstdorf.

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall SF JP 4H NT
1997–98 70 67 48
1998–99 64
1999–00 45 45 70 59
2000–01 N/A
2001–02 7 N/A N/A 6 4
2002–03 28 N/A N/A 24 24
2003–04 13 N/A N/A 14 3rd
2004–05 23 N/A N/A 37 27
2005–06 17 N/A N/A 13 20
2006–07 3rd N/A N/A 3rd 3rd
2007–08 9 N/A N/A 15 20
2008–09 2nd 3rd N/A 2nd 3rd
2009–10 1st 3rd N/A 5 1st
2010–11 2nd 5 N/A 2nd N/A
2011–12 11 3rd N/A 19 N/A
2012–13 14 10 N/A 27 N/A
2013–14 7 4 N/A 3rd N/A
2014–15 11 N/A 17 N/A

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Place Hill Size
1 2001-02 17 Mar 2002 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken K-115 LH
2 2005-06 12 Feb 2006 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 134 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH
3 2006-07 18 Mar 2007 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS 128 LH
4 2008-09 29 Nov 2008 Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS 142 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH
5 7 Dec 2008 Norway Trondheim Granåsen HS 140 LH
6 13 Dec 2008 Italy Pragelato Trampolino dal Ben HS 140 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH
7 20 Dec 2008 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS 137 LH
8 29 Dec 2008 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS 137 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH
9 2009-10 6 Dec 2009 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 138 LH
10 18 Dec 2009 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS 137 LH
11 20 Dec 2009 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS 137 LH
12 17 Jan 2010 Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama HS 134 LH
13 3 Feb 2010 Germany Klingenthal Vogtland Arena HS 140 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH
14 7 Mar 2010 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä HS 130 LH
15 9 Mar 2010 Finland Kuopio Puijo HS 127 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH
16 12 Mar 2010 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS 138 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH
17 14 Mar 2010 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS 134 LH
18 2010-11 1 Jan 2011 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze HS 140 LH
19 22 Jan 2011 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS 134 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH
20 13 Mar 2011 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä HS 130 LH
21 2013-14 29 Dec 2013 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS 137 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH
22 2014-15 28 Nov 2014 Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS 142 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH
23 29 Nov 2014 Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS 142 Moon by Adam Cebula.jpg LH

Personal life[edit]

Simon Ammann was born in Grabs, Switzerland, to Margit and Heinrich Ammann and raised in Unterwasser, Switzerland. He has two brothers and three sisters. He married Yana Yanovskaya on 25 June 2010.[1] Ammann is a student of information technology and electrical engineering at ETH Zurich since 2006. Ammann currently lives in Schindellegi, Switzerland.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Simon Ammann's biography". FIS. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
André Bucher
Didier Cuche
Swiss Sportsmen of the Year
2002
2010
Succeeded by
Roger Federer
Didier Cuche
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Stéphane Lambiel
Flagbearer for Switzerland
Sochi 2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent