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.
|Born||9 November 1974|
Erlabrunn, East Germany
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Personal best||220 m (720 ft)|
Planica, 23 March 2002
|World Cup career|
|Four Hills titles||1 (2002)|
|Ski Flying titles||2 (1998, 2000)|
|Updated on 10 February 2016.|
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
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.
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. At the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, he won gold in the team large hill and silver in the individual normal hill, 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 , 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  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.
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.
World Cup resultsEdit
|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|
- Sven Hannawald at the International Ski Federation
- Holmenkollen winners since 1892 Archived 24 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine - click Vinnere for downloadable pdf file (in Norwegian)
- Sven Hannawald: Der Ex-Skisprungstar wird Motorsportler
- Ex-Skispringer: Die große Leere im Leben des Sven Hannawald.
- Skisprung-Legende Hannawald stürmt für den TSV Burgau
- ADAC GT Masters – Driver biography – Sven Hannawald
- 20 March 2009 ADAC GT Masters Starterfeld formiert sich
- Hannawald beim Rennfahrer-Debüt im Pech Archived 6 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine