Toni Nieminen

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Toni Nieminen
Country  Finland
Full name Toni Markus Nieminen
Born (1975-05-31) 31 May 1975 (age 43)
Lahti, Finland
Personal best 203 m (666 ft)
Planica, 17 Mar 1994
World Cup career
Seasons 19911999
20012003
Individual wins 9
Team wins 1
Indiv. podiums 12
Team podiums 3
Yellow bibs 14
Indiv. starts 96
Team starts 3
Overall titles 1 (1992)
Four Hills titles 1 (1992)
Updated on 19 June 2017.

Toni Markus Nieminen (born 31 May 1975) is a Finnish former ski jumper who competed from 1991 to 2004, with a brief comeback in 2016. He is one of the most successful contemporary ski jumpers from Finland, having won the World Cup in 1991, the Four Hills Tournament in 1992, and three medals at the 1992 Winter Olympics. He remains the youngest ever Winter Olympic gold medalist, at 16 years and 261 days.[1] Additionally, he is known for being the first male ski jumper to land a jump surpassing 200 metres (660 ft), which he achieved in 1994 with a world record of 203 m (666 ft) in Planica.

Career[edit]

Nieminen's biggest success came in his first World Cup season in 1991/92. At the time, the transition from the parallel style to the V-style was taking place and Nieminen was one of the first to master the new technique.

Nieminen took his first World Cup victory in Thunder Bay, in December 1991. Then he went on to win the Four Hills Tournament with 3 victories and 1 second place. At the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, Nieminen won the large hill and the Team large hill, placing third in the normal hill. In the World Cup, Nieminen took a total of 8 victories securing also the overall title. Additionally, Nieminen won the World Junior Championship in both the Individual and the Team competitions. Nieminen was chosen as the Finnish Sports Personality of the Year 1992.

In the following seasons, Nieminen showed only glimpses of his great talent. In 1994, he became the first ever ski jumper to break the 200 metre barrier at Planica, with a world record of 203 m. Out of his total of 9 individual World Cup victories, only one came after the 1991/92 season, in Kuopio 1995. In World Cup team competitions, Nieminen scored one victory, in Villach 2001.

After retiring from ski jumping in 2004, Nieminen has worked as a sports commentator for Finnish MTV3. He has also competed as a driver in harness racing.

Nieminen made a comeback on 30 January 2016 finishing 17th in normal hill Finnish championship. Nieminen said that his target is to make a comeback to the World Cup.

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall 4H SF NT JP
1990/91 N/A N/A
1991/92 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) N/A N/A
1992/93 50 N/A N/A
1993/94 52 7 N/A N/A
1994/95 11 8 31 N/A N/A
1995/96 93 N/A
1996/97 92 56 89
1997/98 67 28 63
1998/99 69
2000/01 21 15 37 49 N/A
2001/02 31 33 N/A N/A
2002/03 54 N/A N/A

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 1991/92 1 December 1991   Canada Thunder Bay Big Thunder K90 NH
2 29 December 1991   Germany Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K115 LH
3 4 January 1992   Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K109 LH
4 6 January 1992   Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K120 LH
5 29 February 1992   Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K90 NH
6 1 March 1992   Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K114 LH
7 11 March 1992   Norway Trondheim Granåsen K120 LH
8 15 March 1992   Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken K110 LH
9 1994/95 1 February 1995   Finland Kuopio Puijo K90 (night) NH

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Records
Preceded by
Martin Höllwarth
196 m (643 ft)
World's longest ski jump
203 m (666 ft)

17 March 1994 – 18 March 1994
Succeeded by
Espen Bredesen
209 m (686 ft)