Sven Hannawald

Sven Hannawald (German pronunciation: [svɛn ˈhanaˌvalt] (listen); born 9 November 1974) is a German former ski jumper. Having competed from 1992 to 2004, his career highlight was winning the 2002 Four Hills Tournament, on that occasion becoming the first athlete to win all four events of said tournament. He also finished runner-up twice in the World Cup season, winning four medals at the Ski Jumping World Championships, as well as three medals each at the Winter Olympics and Ski Flying World Championships.

Sven Hannawald
Sven Hannawald 2019 II.jpg
Hannawald in 2019
Country Germany
Born (1974-11-09) 9 November 1974 (age 48)
Erlabrunn, East Germany
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Personal best220 m (720 ft)
Planica, 23 March 2002
World Cup career
Individual wins18
Team wins1
Indiv. podiums40
Team podiums7
Indiv. starts174
Team starts11
Four Hills titles1 (2002)
Ski Flying titles2 (1998, 2000)
Updated on 10 February 2016.

Early lifeEdit

Hannawald was born in Erlabrunn and grew up in the nearby town of Johanngeorgenstadt by SC Dynamo Johanngeorgenstadt in the Ore Mountains. At age twelve, he was sent to a special school for young athletes in Klingenthal (SG Dynamo Klingenthal), also in Saxony. In 1991 his family moved to Jettingen-Scheppach near Ulm where he transferred to the Furtwangen Ski Boarding School, where he completed an apprenticeship in Communication Electronics.

Ski jumping careerEdit

Hannawald in 2004

In 1998, Hannawald won a silver medal at the 1998 Ski Flying World Championships in Oberstdorf as well as a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Nagano in the team large hill event.

In the 1998/99 season, he finished fifth place overall in World Cup Ski Jumping. At the world championships in Ramsau, he won a silver medal in the individual large hill behind Martin Schmitt, as well as winning a gold medal in the team large hill event.

In 2000, Hannawald won the Ski-flying World Championships in Vikersund. He also won the ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival that year.

In the 2000/01 season, Hannawald won gold in the team large hill event and bronze in the team normal hill event at the world championships in Lahti.

The following winter of 2001/02 was the most successful of his career: Hannawald ended second in the World Cup, winning all four Individual jumping titles at the Four Hills Tournament, the first to do so. He successfully defended his title of Ski Flying World Champion.[1] At the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, he won gold in the team large hill and silver in the individual normal hill,[2] and was even nominated for Sportsman of the Year in Germany. Despite all of his successes, however, Hannawald could not top Adam Malysz in the overall World Cup ranking.

In the 2002/03 season, he finished again second in the world rankings and managed to set another highlight of his career: at the Worldcup competition in Willingen, Germany [1], he became the third person in history to achieve perfect marks from all five judges (20 points maximum) – 27 years after the first one (Anton Innauer) and five years after the second one (Kazuyoshi Funaki). This mark has been matched only about one hour later at the same World Cup competition by Hideharu Miyahira, who finished sixth. Then it took another six years until Wolfgang Loitzl at Bischofshofen, Austria in 2009 during the 2008/09 Four Hills Tournament [2] became the fifth one.

In the 2003/04 season, Hannawald performed well below personal expectations. His best result was fourth in Trondheim. As a consequence of that, Hannawald ended his season prematurely. On 29 April 2004, he revealed that he was suffering from burnout and had put himself into psychiatric treatment. During this time, Hannawald managed to recover and reappeared to the public.[3]

On 3 August 2005, he ended his career as a ski jumper, explaining through his managers that, after successfully dealing with his burnout, he no longer wished to suffer the stresses of professional sport.[4]


On 26 September 2008, Hannawald signed a two-year contract with the football club TSV Burgau of the German Kreisliga, where he played as a striker.[5]

In 2010, Hannawald gave his debut as a Touring Car racing driver in the ADAC GT Masters.[6][7] He drove his first race on 10 April 2010 in Oschersleben.[8]

World Cup resultsEdit


Season Overall 4H SF NT JP
1992/93 59 N/A N/A
1993/94 90 60 N/A N/A
1994/95 63 N/A N/A
1995/96 65 N/A
1996/97 59 34 55 55
1997/98 6       9
1998/99 6 11 9   5
1999/00 4 4     5
2000/01 9 4 9 N/A
2001/02     N/A   N/A
2002/03     N/A 4 N/A
2003/04 24 12 N/A N/A


No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 1997/98 6 January 1998     Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K120 LH
2 24 January 1998     Oberstdorf Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze K185 FH
3 1999/00 19 February 2000     Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm K185 FH
4 10 March 2000     Trondheim Granåsen K120 (night) LH
5 12 March 2000     Oslo Holmenkollbakken K115 LH
6 19 March 2000     Planica Letalnica bratov Gorišek K185 FH
7 2001/02 2 December 2001     Titisee-Neustadt Hochfirstschanze K120 (night) LH
8 30 December 2001     Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K115 LH
9 1 January 2002     Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K115 LH
10 4 January 2002     Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K120 LH
11 6 January 2002     Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K120 LH
12 12 January 2002     Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K130 LH
13 2002/03 22 December 2002     Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K125 LH
14 29 December 2002     Oberstdorf Schattenbergschanze K115 LH
15 18 January 2003     Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K120 LH
16 19 January 2003     Zakopane Wielka Krokiew K120 LH
17 2 February 2003     Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm K185 FH
18 8 February 2003     Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K130 LH


External linksEdit

Erik Zabel
German Sportsman of the Year
Jan Ullrich