Kazuyoshi Funaki (船木 和喜, Funaki Kazuyoshi) (born 27 April 1975) is a Japanese ski jumper. He ranked among the most successful sportsmen of its discipline, particularly in the 1990s. Funaki is known for his special variant of the V-style, in which the body lies flatter between the skis than usual.
Funaki at the 2014 Okurayama Summer Ski Jumping Championship
|Full name||船木 和喜|
|Born||27 April 1975|
Yoichi, Hokkaido, Japan
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Ski club||Fit Ski|
|Personal best||206.5 m (677 ft)|
Planica, 19 March 1999
|World Cup career|
|Four Hills titles||1 (1998)|
|Nordic titles||1 (1997)|
|Updated on 10 February 2016.|
Funaki began ski jumping at the age of eleven. His birthplace Yoichi is also the home of Yukio Kasaya, who was a Japanese national hero with his Normal Hill victory in the 1972 Winter Olympics at Sapporo. Kasaya was also Funaki's role model.
Funaki had his first World Cup appearance on December 20, 1992 in Sapporo. His first World Cup victory was achieved on December 10, 1994 in the normal hill at Planica, Slovenia. Several weeks later, he was leading the Four Hills Tournament in total tour points after the third event. In the second part of the last event at Bischofshofen, he had the longest jump of 131.5 meters, but fell during the landing - and the overall tour victory went to Austrian Andreas Goldberger, and Funaki finished second.
Altogether Funaki won 15 World Cup career victories, his last on February 5, 2005 at Sapporo. He achieved his best results in the 1997/98 season with a second rank in the World Cup rankings. In that season he also won the Four Hills Tournament.
The high point of his career was in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games at Nagano. In front of his local crowd, Funaki won the individual gold medal on the individual large Hill, the team large hill gold medal, and the individual normal hill silver medal behind the Finn Jani Soininen. During those games, he became only the second person to ever achieve perfect marks from all five judges (20 points is the highest attainable mark), following Toni Innauer who had achieved this masterpiece already in 1976 and preceding Sven Hannawald (2003), Hideharu Miyahira (2003) and Wolfgang Loitzl (2009). In honor of these achievements, he represented Asia in carrying the Olympic Flag during the opening ceremonies of the next Winter Olympics, in Salt Lake City.
At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, he became the world champion of the individual normal hill in 1999 at Ramsau, Austria. And together with the Japanese team, he placed 2nd in the Team large hill in 1997, 1999 and 2003.
For his ski jumping successes, Funaki received the Holmenkollen medal in 1999.
While he does not compete in World Cup or Continental Cup events, Funaki still takes part in local Japanese competitions. In March 2019 he finished 10th and 42nd in FIS Race events in Sapporo.
|1||1994/95||10 December 1994||Planica||Srednja Bloudkova K90||NH|
|2||4 January 1995||Innsbruck||Bergiselschanze K110||LH|
|3||1996/97||14 December 1996||Harrachov||Čerťák K120||LH|
|4||4 January 1997||Innsbruck||Bergiselschanze K110||LH|
|5||12 March 1997||Kuopio||Puijo K95 (night)||NH|
|6||14 March 1997||Oslo||Holmenkollbakken K112||LH|
|7||1997/98||29 December 1997||Oberstdorf||Schattenbergschanze K115||LH|
|8||1 January 1998||Garmisch-Partenkirchen||Große Olympiaschanze K115||LH|
|9||4 January 1998||Innsbruck||Bergiselschanze K110||LH|
|10||25 January 1998||Oberstdorf||Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze K185||FH|
|11||21 March 1998||Planica||Bloudkova velikanka K120||LH|
|12||1998/99||10 January 1999||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120||LH|
|13||24 January 1999||Sapporo||Ōkurayama K120||LH|
|14||6 March 1999||Lahti||Salpausselkä K90 (night)||NH|
|15||2004/05||5 February 2005||Sapporo||Ōkurayama HS134 (night)||LH|
- Kazuyoshi Funaki at the International Ski Federation
- Holmenkollen medalists - click Holmenkollmedaljen for downloadable pdf file at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-02-24) (in Norwegian)
- Holmenkollen winners since 1892 - click Vinnere for downloadable pdf file at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-02-24) (in Norwegian)