Simon Ammann

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Simon Ammann
Simon Ammann (2011).jpg
Ammann in 2011
Country  Switzerland
Born (1981-06-25) 25 June 1981 (age 37)
Grabs, Switzerland
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Ski clubRG Churfirsten
Personal best238.5 m (782 ft)
Vikersund, 13 February 2011
World Cup career
Seasons1998–present
Individual wins23
Indiv. podiums80
Indiv. starts419
Team starts38
Overall titles1 (2010)
Nordic titles1 (2010)
Updated on 24 March 2019.

Simon "Simi" Ammann (/ˈsmɒn/; born 25 June 1981) is a Swiss ski jumper. He is one of the most successful athletes in the history of the sport, having won four individual Winter Olympic gold medals, in 2002 and 2010, and is the only ski jumper to have achieved the gold double–double at the Winter Olympics. His other achievements include winning the 2007 Ski Jumping World Championships, the 2010 Ski Flying World Championships, the 2010 Nordic Tournament, and the 2010 Ski Jumping World Cup overall title.

Career[edit]

Ammann made his debut as a 16-year-old rookie 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, Ammann crashed and suffered injuries during training in Willingen. Despite this, he won a gold medal in both the individual normal hill and large hill competitions, being only the second athlete to accomplish this feat (Matti Nykänen having done so in 1988). Following the Olympics, 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 4H SF RA W5 P7 NT JP
1997/98 70 48 N/A N/A N/A 67
1998/99 64 N/A N/A N/A
1999/00 45 70 N/A N/A N/A 59 45
2000/01 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2001/02 7 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A 4 N/A
2002/03 28 24 N/A N/A N/A N/A 24 N/A
2003/04 13 14 N/A N/A N/A N/A 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A
2004/05 23 37 N/A N/A N/A N/A 27 N/A
2005/06 17 13 N/A N/A N/A N/A 20 N/A
2006/07 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A N/A N/A N/A 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A
2007/08 9 15 N/A N/A N/A N/A 20 N/A
2008/09 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A N/A N/A 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A
2009/10 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A N/A N/A 1st, gold medalist(s) N/A
2010/11 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2011/12 11 19 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2012/13 14 27 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2013/14 7 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2014/15 11 17 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2015/16 15 11 15 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016/17 29 44 24 11 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017/18 19 29 3 12 12 N/A N/A
2018/19 24 13 13 6 18 8 N/A N/A

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 2001/02 17 March 2002   Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken K115 LH
2 2006/07 2 December 2006   Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS134 (night) LH
3 18 March 2007   Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS128 LH
4 2008/09 29 November 2008   Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS142 (night) LH
5 7 December 2008   Norway Trondheim Granåsen HS140 LH
6 13 December 2008   Italy Pragelato Stadio del Trampolino HS140 (night) LH
7 20 December 2008   Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137 LH
8 29 December 2008   Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night) LH
9 2009/10 6 December 2009   Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS138 LH
10 18 December 2009   Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137 LH
11 20 December 2009   Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137 LH
12 17 January 2010   Japan Sapporo Ōkurayama HS134 LH
13 3 February 2010   Germany Klingenthal Vogtland Arena HS140 (night) LH
14 7 March 2010   Finland Lahti Salpausselkä HS130 LH
15 9 March 2010   Finland Kuopio Puijo HS127 (night) LH
16 12 March 2010   Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS138 (night) LH
17 14 March 2010   Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS134 LH
18 2010/11 1 January 2011   Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze HS140 LH
19 22 January 2011   Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew HS134 (night) LH
20 13 March 2011   Finland Lahti Salpausselkä HS130 LH
21 2013/14 29 December 2013   Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night) LH
22 2014/15 28 November 2014   Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS142 (night) LH
23 29 November 2014   Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS142 (night) 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 in 2010.[1]

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
Dario Cologna