Name Janne Ahonen
Spouse Tiia Ahonen (m. 2004)
Full name Janne Petteri Ahonen
Role Ski jumper
|Ski club Lahden Hiihtoseura|
Height 1.84 m
Siblings Pasi Ahonen
Individual wins 36
Weight 66 kg
|Born 11 May 1977 (age 38)
Lahti, Finland (1977-05-11) |
Personal best 233.5 m (766 ft) Planica, 20 Mar 2005
Seasons 1993–2008 2010–2011 2014–present
Similar People Gregor Schlierenzauer, Thomas Morgenstern, Adam Malysz, Severin Freund, Simon Ammann
Children Mico Ahonen, Milo Ahonen
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Janne Petteri Ahonen ([ˈjɑnːɛ ˈpɛʈːɛrɪ ˈɑhonɛn] pronunciation ; born 11 May 1977) is a Finnish ski jumper and drag racer. He is one of the most successful ski jumpers of all time, as well as one of the most successful from Finland, having won two consecutive World Cup titles; the Four Hills Tournament a record five times; two individual gold medals at the World Championships; and the Nordic Tournament once.
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- Drag racing
- Personal life
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Ahonen's most notable achievements include five World Championships (normal hill in 1997; large hill in 2005; team large hill in 1995, 1997 and 2003), two World Cup overall titles (2003/04 and 2004/05) and a record-breaking five victories in the Four Hills Tournament (1998/99, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2007/08). He is the all-time leader in World Cup points, podiums (133) and top 10 appearances (245). With 36 World Cup victories, Ahonen has the fourth-most behind Gregor Schlierenzauer, Matti Nykänen and Adam Małysz. In 2005, Ahonen was named the Finnish Sports Personality of the Year.
Over the course of nine World Ski Jumping Championships, nine Ski Flying World Championships and five Winter Olympics, Ahonen has won a total of 19 medals, equalling the medal count of Matti Nykänen–although most of Ahonen's are in team, rather than individual events. Despite his successes, Ahonen has never won an individual Olympic medal, placing fourth three times. In Olympic team competitions, he has won two silver medals.
Ahonen announced his retirement from ski jumping on 28 March 2008, with a farewell competition held in Lahti on 9 July 2008. After a season's absence, he returned for two more seasons in 2009/10 and 2010/11. The best achievement of his revived career was a second place in the 2009/10 Four Hills Tournament.
During his ski jumping career, Ahonen has been known for his apparent lack of emotion and is rarely seen smiling even on the podium. When asked for a reason, he responded with "We came here to jump and not to smile." In Finnish interviews Ahonen often made sarcastic comments with dry humour. The German press nicknamed Ahonen "Der Mann mit der Maske" ("The Man with the Mask"), in reference to the distinctive plastic masks he wore in competitions from 1996 until 2002. In Finland, Ahonen is often called "Kuningaskotka" ("King Eagle").
On 10 January 2013, Ahonen announced that he would come out of retirement for a second time, with the aim of winning a medal in an individual event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He went on to finish 29th on the normal hill and 22nd on the large hill.
Ahonen competes with his Ahonen Racing Team - ART in drag racing, winning the Finnish and Nordic Championships. His best performance in Top Fuel is 4,044 sec. 476,19 km/h in 2012.
Ahonen is married to Tiia Ahonen. They have two sons, Mico (born 2001) and Milo (born 2008).