Andreas Widhölzl

Andreas "Andi" Widhölzl (born 14 October 1976) is an Austrian former ski jumper. During his career, he won world championships and Olympic titles.

Andreas Widhölzl
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Widhölzl in Holmenkollen, 2006
Country Austria
Born (1976-10-14) 14 October 1976 (age 44)
St. Johann in Tirol, Austria
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Personal best231 m (758 ft)
Planica, 20 March 2005
World Cup career
Seasons1993
19952007
Individual wins18
Team wins6
Indiv. podiums49
Team podiums18
Indiv. starts288
Team starts22
Four Hills titles1 (2000)
Nordic titles1 (1998)
Updated on 10 February 2016.

CareerEdit

Widhölzl began his World Cup ski-jumping career in 1993. Between 1997 and 2000, he won two Olympic bronzes and two world championship medals, along with sixteen victories in World Cup events. During this time came his victory in the 1999/2000 Four Hills Tournament. During this season, he came second in the ski-jumping World Cup. In the next five years, he won only one World Cup event, however, in 2005 he twice won the world championship with the Austrian National Team and a year later he was part of the Austrian Team that won the Team Olympic Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics. In March 2008, following health problems, he ended his fifteen-year-long World Cup ski-jumping career.

Widhölzl was interested in ski-jumping from an early age, his interest coming from watching the sport on television.[1] At around this time he joined the Tyrolese Ski Federation and learnt to ski. When he was seven years old, a school friend convinced him to join the Fieberbrunner Weitenjäger. After a few years, Widhölzl earned his first success in the district and regional championships for his age group.[2]

World CupEdit

StandingsEdit

Season Overall 4H SF NT JP
1992/93 55 N/A N/A
1994/95 26 18 N/A N/A
1995/96 20 37 16 N/A 21
1996/97 15 14 13   16
1997/98   7     7
1998/99 7 14 21 40 6
1999/00     5 6  
2000/01 12 16 28 52 N/A
2001/02 4 5 N/A 21 N/A
2002/03   12 N/A 41 N/A
2003/04 29 17 N/A N/A
2004/05 8 16 N/A 19 N/A
2005/06 10 18 N/A 8 N/A
2006/07 33 22 N/A 34 N/A

WinsEdit

No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 1996/97 9 March 1997     Lahti Salpausselkä K114 LH
2 1997/98 20 December 1997     Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120 LH
3 5 February 1998     Sapporo Ōkurayama K120 LH
4 1 March 1998     Vikersund Vikersundbakken K175 FH
5 4 March 1998     Kuopio Puijo K120 (night) LH
6 1998/99 12 December 1998     Oberhof Hans-Renner-Schanze K120 LH
7 6 January 1999     Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K120 LH
8 1999/00 4 December 1999     Predazzo Trampolino dal Ben K120 (night) LH
9 5 December 1999     Predazzo Trampolino dal Ben K120 (night) LH
10 1 January 2000     Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K115 LH
11 3 January 2000     Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K110 LH
12 6 January 2000     Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K120 LH
13 5 February 2000     Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K120 LH
14 6 February 2000     Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K120 LH
15 2001/02 24 January 2002     Hakuba Hakuba K120 LH
16 26 January 2002     Sapporo Ōkurayama K120 LH
17 2002/03 30 November 2002     Kuusamo Rukatunturi K120 (night) LH
18 2004/05 15 January 2005     Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm HS200 FH

Invalid ski jumping world recordEdit

Date Hill Location Metres Feet
17 March 2005   Letalnica bratov Gorišek HS215 Planica, Slovenia 234.5 769

  Not recognized! Crash at world record distance.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Andreas Widhölzl; Heinz Schnürle (2009), Mein Höhenflug, Holzgerlingen: SCM Hänssler, ISBN 978-3-7751-5050-7
  2. ^ "Laufbahn - Andreas Widhölzl". Archived from the original on 6 May 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2013.