Ski Jumping legend Matti Nykänen passes away

The Finnish Ski Jumping legend Matti Nykänen passed away on 4th February at the age of 55. Nykänen (1963-2019) was one of the most successful ski jumpers with four Olympic gold medals, five golds in FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and 46 World Cup victories in total. 

Nykänen won the overall World Cup four times and made history by winning three Olympic medals at the same Olympic Games in Calgary 1988. He is still the most successful Olympic ski jumper in the history of the sport.

Matti Nykänen was chosen as “Athlete of the Year” in Finland twice, in 1985 and 1988. Nykänen represented Jyväskylä Ski Club for his entire career and the normal hill in Jyväskylä was named after him.

After his career ended in 1992, Nykänen had a successful second career as a veteran ski jumper. He won the Masters World Champion title in Taivalkoski (FIN) in the year 2008 and in 2011, he won in Harrachov (CZE) as well. 

FIS, the Finnish Ski Association and Ski Jumping Team Finland would like to express their deepest condolences to the family and friends and will honour the legend during the Lahti Ski Games taking place from 8th to 10th February 2019.


Matti Nykänen 

Olympic Winter Games
4 times Olympic Champion, Sarajevo 1984 and Calgary 1988 
1 silver, Sarajevo 1984

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
5 times World Champion
1 silver
3 bronze

FIS Ski Flying World Championships
1 gold
1 silver
3 bronze

1 gold medal in FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships

FIS World Cup
4 times winner in Overall standings
46 victories
76 podiums
130 starts in World Cup

2 times chosen as the Athlete of the Year in Finland, 1985 and 1988
2 times World Champion in Masters Ski Jumping, 2008 and 2011