Interesting facts about the Olympic large hill competition

13 February 2014 10:03
Simon Ammann
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Facts about the Olympic individual competition on the large hill

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Simon Ammann (SUI) can become the first ski jumper to win the large hill event at three different Olympic Games. He currently shares the record of two with Matti Nykaenen (FIN), who won the large hill in both 1984 and 1988.

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By winning any medal, Ammann would become the first man to win three Olympic medals in the large hill event. He currently shares the record of two with Nykaenen, Adam Malysz (POL) and Jens Weissflog (GER).

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If he wins a medal he will also equal Nykaenen on five total medals in this sport.

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Ammann (SUI) can become the first man to win five Olympic ski jumping gold medals by successfully defending his large hill title from 2010. He currently shares the record of four Olympic gold medals in ski jumping with Matti Nykaenen (FIN).

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Twelve of the 13 Olympic large hill titles have been won by European ski jumpers. The only exception was Kazuyoshi Funaki's (JPN) victory on home snow in Nagano in 1998.

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Finland (four), Austria (two) and Switzerland (two) are the only NOCs to have won the Olympic large hill title more than once.

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Austria has won nine Olympic medals in the men's large hill competition and can become the first NOC to reach 10. Finland, currently on eight Olympic large hill medals, could also achieve this in Sochi, but that appears unlikely.

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No ski jumper has ever won an individual Olympic gold medal over the age of 30. Amann, Anders Bardal (NOR), Janne Ahonen (FIN), Noriaki Kasai (JPN) and Robert Kranjec (SLO) are among the top contenders over 30 who are seeking to become the oldest individual Olympic ski jumping gold medallist.

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Normal hill winner Kamil Stoch (POL) can become the third person to win the normal and large hill in one Olympic Winter Games. Only Nykaenen (1988) and Ammann (2002 and 2010) have achieved this feat.

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Norway needs one gold medal to equal Finland on most Olympic gold medals in this sport.