Sven Hannawald

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Sven Hannawald
Hannawald in 2013
Country  Germany
Born (1974-11-09) 9 November 1974 (age 42)
Erlabrunn, East Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Personal best 220 m (722 ft)
Planica, 23 March 2002
World Cup career
Seasons 19932004
Individual wins 18
Team wins 1
Indiv. podiums 40
Team podiums 7
Yellow bibs 2
Indiv. starts 174
Team starts 11
Four Hills titles 1 (2002)
Ski Flying titles 2 (1998, 2000)
Updated on 10 February 2016.

Sven Hannawald (born 9 November 1974) is a German former ski jumper. His career best achievement was winning the 2001/02 Four Hills Tournament and becoming the only ski jumper in history to win all four events in the same tournament. He also won four medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, as well as three medals each in the Winter Olympics and the Ski Flying World Championships. He currently plays football for Kreisliga club TSV Burgau and drives for Callaway Competition in the ADAC GT Masters.[1]


In 1998, Hannawald won a silver medal at the 1998 Ski Flying World Championships in Oberstdorf as well as a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Nagano in the team large hill event.

In the 1998/99 season, he finished fifth place overall in World Cup Ski Jumping. At the world championships in Ramsau, he won a silver medal in the individual large hill behind Martin Schmitt, as well as winning a gold medal in the team large hill event.

In 2000 Hannawald won the Ski-flying World Championships in Vikersund. He also won the ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival that year.

In the 2000/01 season, Hannawald won gold in the team large hill event and bronze in the team normal hill event at the world championships in Lahti.

The following winter of 2001/02 was the most successful of his career: Sven Hannawald emerged victorious as the World's best ski jumper, winning all four Individual jumping titles at the Four Hills Tournament, the first to do so. He successfully defended his title of Ski Flying World Champion.[2] At the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, he won gold in the team large hill and silver in the individual normal hill.[3] He was nominated for Sportsman of the Year in Germany.

In the 2002/03 season he finished again second in the world rankings and managed to set another highlight of his career: at the Worldcup competition in Willingen, Germany [1], he became the third person in history to achieve perfect marks from all five judges (20 points maximum) - 27 years after the first one (Anton Innauer) and five years after the second one (Kazuyoshi Funaki). This mark has been matched only about one hour later at the same World Cup competition by Hideharu Miyahira, who finished sixth. Then it took another six years until Wolfgang Loitzl at Bischofshofen, Austria in 2009 during the 2008/09 Four Hills Tournament [2] became the fifth one.

In the 2003/04 season, he performed well below personal expectations. His best result was third in Engelberg. As a consequence of that, Hannawald ended his season prematurely. On 29 April 2004, Hannawald revealed that he was suffering from burnout, and had put himself into psychiatric treatment. During this time, Sven Hannawald managed to recover and reappeared to the public.[4]

On 3 August 2005, he ended his career as a ski jumper, explaining through his managers that, after successfully dealing with his burnout, he no longer wished to suffer the stresses of professional sport.[5]

World Cup[edit]


Season Overall 4H SF NT JP
1992/93 59 N/A N/A
1993/94 90 60 N/A N/A
1994/95 63 N/A N/A
1995/96 65 N/A
1996/97 59 34 55 55
1997/98 6 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9
1998/99 6 11 9 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5
1999/00 4 4 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5
2000/01 9 4 9 N/A
2001/02 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) N/A 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A
2002/03 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) N/A 4 N/A
2003/04 24 12 N/A N/A


No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 1997/98 6 January 1998 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K120 LH
2 24 January 1998 Germany Oberstdorf Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze K185 FH
3 1999/00 19 February 2000 Austria Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm K185 FH
4 10 March 2000 Norway Trondheim Granåsen K120 (night) LH
5 12 March 2000 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken K115 LH
6 19 March 2000 Slovenia Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek K185 FH
7 2001/02 2 December 2001 Germany Titisee-Neustadt Hochfirstschanze K120 (night) LH
8 30 December 2001 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K115 LH
9 1 January 2002 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K115 LH
10 4 January 2002 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K120 LH
11 6 January 2002 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K120 LH
12 12 January 2002 Germany Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K130 LH
13 2002/03 22 December 2002 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K125 LH
14 29 December 2002 Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K115 LH
15 18 January 2003 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K120 LH
16 19 January 2003 Poland Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K120 LH
17 2 February 2003 Austria Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm K185 FH
18 8 February 2003 Germany Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K130 LH

Football career[edit]

On 26 September 2008 he signed a two-year contract as Striker of TSV Burgau in the German Kreisliga.[6]

Motorsport career[edit]

In April he gave his debut as a Touring Car racing driver in the ADAC GT Masters.[7] Hannawald drove his first race on 10 April 2010 in Oschersleben.[8]


Hannawald was born in Erlabrunn and grew up in the nearby town of Johanngeorgenstadt by SC Dynamo Johanngeorgenstadt in the Ore Mountains. At age twelve, he was sent to a special school for young athletes in Klingenthal (SG Dynamo Klingenthal), also in Saxony. In 1991 his family moved to Jettingen-Scheppach near Ulm where he transferred to the Furtwangen Ski Boarding School, where he completed an apprenticeship in Communication Electronics.


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Preceded by
Germany Erik Zabel
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Jan Ullrich