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Ammann in 2011
25 June 1981 |
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Ski club||RG Churfirsten|
|Personal best||238.5 m (782 ft)
Vikersund, 13 February 2011
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||1 (2010)|
|Nordic titles||1 (2010)|
|Updated on 17 December 2017.|
Simon Ammann (// SEE-mon; 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. Additionally he won the 2007 Ski Jumping World Championships; the 2010 Ski Flying World Championships; the 2010 Nordic Tournament; and the 2010 Ski Jumping World Cup.
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 undividual 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.
|1||2001/02||17 March 2002||Oslo||Holmenkollbakken K115||LH|
|2||2005/06||12 February 2006||Lillehammer||Lysgårdsbakken HS134 (night)||LH|
|3||2006/07||18 March 2007||Oslo||Holmenkollbakken HS128||LH|
|4||2008/09||29 November 2008||Kuusamo||Rukatunturi HS142 (night)||LH|
|5||7 December 2008||Trondheim||Granåsen HS140||LH|
|6||13 December 2008||Pragelato||Trampolino dal Ben HS140 (night)||LH|
|7||20 December 2008||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137||LH|
|8||29 December 2008||Oberstdorf||Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night)||LH|
|9||2009/10||6 December 2009||Lillehammer||Lysgårdsbakken HS138||LH|
|10||18 December 2009||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137||LH|
|11||20 December 2009||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137||LH|
|12||17 January 2010||Sapporo||Ōkurayama HS134||LH|
|13||3 February 2010||Klingenthal||Vogtland Arena HS140 (night)||LH|
|14||7 March 2010||Lahti||Salpausselkä HS130||LH|
|15||9 March 2010||Kuopio||Puijo HS127 (night)||LH|
|16||12 March 2010||Lillehammer||Lysgårdsbakken HS138 (night)||LH|
|17||14 March 2010||Oslo||Holmenkollbakken HS134||LH|
|18||2010/11||1 January 2011||Garmisch-Partenkirchen||Große Olympiaschanze HS140||LH|
|19||22 January 2011||Zakopane||Wielka Krokiew HS134 (night)||LH|
|20||13 March 2011||Lahti||Salpausselkä HS130||LH|
|21||2013/14||29 December 2013||Oberstdorf||Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night)||LH|
|22||2014/15||28 November 2014||Kuusamo||Rukatunturi HS142 (night)||LH|
|23||29 November 2014||Kuusamo||Rukatunturi HS142 (night)||LH|
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. Ammann is a student of information technology and electrical engineering at ETH Zurich since 2006. Ammann currently lives in Schindellegi, Switzerland. In October 2014 his wife gave birth to their son Théodore. On January 17, 2017 his daughter Charlotte was born.
- List of Olympic medalists in ski jumping
- List of FIS Nordic World Ski Championships medalists in ski jumping
- List of FIS Ski Flying World Championships medalists in ski flying
- "Simon Ammann's biography". FIS. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
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|Awards and achievements|
|Swiss Sportsmen of the Year
|Flagbearer for Switzerland