Jens Weißflog

Jens Weißflog (German pronunciation: [jɛns ˈvaɪ̯sˌfloːk], audio ; born 21 July 1964) is a German former ski jumper. He is one of the best and most successful ski jumpers in the history of the sport. Only Finns Matti Nykänen and Janne Ahonen, Poles Adam Małysz and Kamil Stoch and Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer have won more World Cup victories.

Jens Weißflog
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Jens Weißflog (2017)
Country East Germany (1980–90)
 Germany (1990–1996)
Born (1964-07-21) 21 July 1964 (age 57)
Erlabrunn, Bezirk Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Personal best201 m (659 ft)
Kulm, 9–11 February 1996
World Cup career
Seasons1981
19831996
Individual wins33
Team wins1
Indiv. podiums73
Team podiums6
Indiv. starts191
Team starts9
Overall titles1 (1984)
Four Hills titles4 (1984, 1985, 1991, 1996)
Updated on 10 February 2016.

CareerEdit

Weißflog was born in Erlabrunn (now a part of Breitenbrunn, Saxony) in the Erzgebirge range.

As a 19-year-old he won the Four Hills Tournament for East Germany in 1983/84. Weißflog was known as "Floh" (flea in German) due to his slight stature and his light body. That same winter he won the combined World Cup and later the normal hill event at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. The following winter was dominated by Weißflog and the outstanding Finn Matti Nykänen.

The most remarkable part of his career is that he competed at the top level for twelve years. Neither the regime change from East Germany to the unified Germany in late 1990, nor the change in ski jumping techniques from the parallel technique to the V-style around 1993 stopped his success. In 1994 he won two gold medals in the individual large hill and team large hill events at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, ten years after his first Olympic victory. He finished his career in 1996 by becoming the first ski jumper to win the combined Four Hills Tournament four times. Only the Finn Janne Ahonen has surpassed that record by winning the Four Hills Tournament five times. He had also earned five-second-place finishes in the competition over the course of his career. After this achievement he retired from professional sport.

At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Weißflog won two golds in the individual normal hill (1985, 1989), three silvers in the individual large hill (1989) and team large hill (1984 and 1995), and four bronzes in the individual large hill (1991, 1993) and team large hill (1985 and 1991). He also won two medals at the FIS Ski Flying World Championships with a silver in 1985 and a bronze in 1990.

Weißflog also won the ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival twice (1989, 1990). He was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1991 (shared with Vegard Ulvang, Trond Einar Elden, and Ernst Vettori).

Today, Jens Weißflog owns a hotel in his home town of Oberwiesenthal and is the main ski jump commentator for German television station ZDF.

World CupEdit

StandingsEdit

Season Overall 4H SF JP
1980/81 110 N/A N/A
1982/83 16   N/A N/A
1983/84     N/A N/A
1984/85 4   N/A N/A
1985/86 16 22 N/A N/A
1986/87 11 7 N/A N/A
1987/88 6   N/A N/A
1988/89     N/A N/A
1989/90 6   N/A N/A
1990/91 8   19 N/A
1991/92 38 39 N/A
1992/93 11   N/A
1993/94     N/A
1994/95 6 12 14 N/A
1995/96 4   8 4

WinsEdit

No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 1982/83 6 January 1983     Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K109 LH
2 1983/84 1 January 1984     Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K107 LH
3 4 January 1984     Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K106 LH
4 6 January 1984     Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K111 LH
5 11 January 1984     Cortina d’Ampezzo Trampolino Italia K92 NH
6 15 January 1984     Liberec Ještěd A K115 LH
7 12 February 1984     Sarajevo Igman K90 NH
8 24 March 1984     Planica Srednja Bloudkova K90 NH
9 1984/85 1 January 1985     Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K107 LH
10 17 February 1985     Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120 LH
11 1986/87 6 December 1986     Thunder Bay Big Thunder K89 NH
12 1987/88 24 January 1988     Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120 LH
13 1988/89 22 January 1989     Oberhof Rennsteigschanze K90 NH
14 5 March 1989     Oslo Holmenkollbakken K105 LH
15 8 March 1989     Örnsköldsvik Paradiskullen K82 NH
16 25 March 1989     Planica Srednja Bloudkova K90 NH
17 26 March 1989     Planica Bloudkova velikanka K120 LH
18 1989/90 17 December 1989     Sapporo Ōkurayama K115 LH
19 1 January 1990     Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K107 LH
20 17 January 1990     Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K116 LH
21 1990/91 30 December 1990     Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K115 LH
22 1 January 1991     Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K107 LH
23 1993/94 12 December 1993     Planica Bloudkova velikanka K120 LH
24 14 December 1993     Predazzo Trampolino dal Ben K90 (night) NH
25 30 December 1993     Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K115 LH
26 22 January 1994     Sapporo Miyanomori K90 NH
27 23 January 1994     Sapporo Ōkurayama K115 LH
28 5 March 1994     Lahti Salpausselkä K90 NH
29 27 March 1994     Thunder Bay Big Thunder K90 NH
30 1994/95 29 January 1995     Lahti Salpausselkä K114 LH
31 1995/96 6 January 1996     Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K120 LH
32 20 January 1996     Sapporo Miyanomori K90 NH
33 17 February 1996     Iron Mountain Pine Mountain K120 LH

ReferencesEdit

Awards
Preceded by East German Sportsman of the Year
1985
Succeeded by