| 29 November 1972 (age 43)
Ried im Innkreis, Austria (1972-11-29) |
225 m (738 ft)
Planica, 18 Mar 2000
Astrid Brandauer (m. 2013)
Ski Jumping at the 1994 Winter Olympics - Large Hill
Jens Weisflog, Espen Bredesen, Astrid Brandauer
Andreas "Andi" Goldberger (born 29 November 1972) is an Austrian former ski jumper who competed from 1991 to 2005.
In a career spanning nearly fifteen years, he won the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup three times (1993, 1995, 1996), the Four Hills Tournament twice (1992/93, 1994/95), with multiple medals in the Ski Jumping World Championships and Winter Olympics.
Despite his success at ski jumping, Goldberger preferred ski flying—a more extreme version of normal ski jumping, in which distances are far greater. In 1994, during training for the Ski Flying World Championships in Planica, he recorded a jump of 202 metres; this made him the first man to ever to jump over 200 metres, but he touched the snow upon landing, thus making the jump invalid as an official world record (Finland's Toni Nieminen would later land a 203 m jump at the same event). In 2000, also at Planica, he jumped 225 m and set a world record which stood until 2003.
In 1997 Goldberger admitted to the use of cocaine, and was given a six-month ban from the Austrian Ski Association. As a result of that ban, in November 1997, he even declared he would, from that moment on, compete under the flag of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Yet, after reaching an agreement with the Austrian Ski Association, he continued competing for his native Austria.
Goldberger last World Cup appearance as a ski jumper was in Lahti on 6 March 2005 (49 place). Goldberger officially retired and ended his career with his final jump as a test jumper on 13 January 2006 at flying hill in Kulm, Austria. He jumps at World Cup competition as a test jumper with helmet cam for Austrian national TV station ORF, where he works as a co-commentator.
Andreas Goldberger Wikipedia