Matti Nykänen was a Finnish ski jumper widely considered to be the greatest male ski jumper of all time. Over the course of his career, he won five Winter Olympic medals and nine World Championship medals. He won the International Masters Championship for veteran ski jumpers in 2008. He had a tumultuous personal life and faced several legal issues.
Peter Prevc is a Slovenian ski jumper best known for winning the Ski Jumping World Cup overall title in 2016. He is also known for winning gold and a silver medal at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. A former world record holder, Peter Prevc was adjudged Slovenian Sportsman of the Year on four occasions.
Gregor Schlierenzauer is an Austrian retired ski jumper who was active between 2006 and 2021. Having won an Olympic gold medal and 10 World Championship gold medals, Schlierenzauer is often counted among the greatest ski jumpers of all time. Gregor Schlierenzauer also won a silver medal and two bronze medals at the Olympic Games.
One of the most decorated ski jumpers, Austrian athlete Stefan Kraft has won both the Ski Jumping World Cup and the Ski Flying World Cup twice. He has also won 3 individual gold medals at the World Championship and holds the world record for the longest ski flying jump, at 253.5 meters.
Vinko Bogataj is a Slovenian painter and retired ski jumper. He achieved popularity when footage of him crashing was played on ABC's Wide World of Sports. After retiring, Vinko Bogataj worked as a ski instructor, painter, and forklift operator. He achieved popularity again, this time as a painter, as his works have won awards in both the US and Europe.
One of the most decorated ski jumpers of all time, retired Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern is a 3-time Olympic gold medalist. He also has 8 ski jumping World Championship gold medals and 3 ski flying World Championship gold medals in his kitty. Post-retirement, he has been part of the Helicopter World Cup.
Domen Prevc is a Slovenian ski jumper who won a gold medal at the 2022 Ski Flying World Championships in Vikersund, Norway. He first achieved popularity in 2018 when he was part of the team that won the silver medal at the Ski Flying World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Finnish ski jumper and drag racer Janne Ahonen, known as one of Finland’s most successful sportspeople, is not just a 2-time Olympic silver medalist but also a 5-time World Championship. Known as King Eagle, he later worked as an equipment technician with the Finnish Nordic ski jumping team.
Halvor Egner Granerud is a Norwegian ski jumper best known for winning the silver medal in the mixed team normal hill competition at the 2021 World Championship in Oberstdorf, Germany. Halvor Egner Granerud has also won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Ski Flying World Championships.
One of the world’s most successful ski jumpers, Maren Lundby is an Olympic gold medalist and a 2-time World Champion. The Norwegian sports star was also the world’s second female ski jumping Olympic champion. She stunned her fans by withdrawing from the 2022 Winter Olympics for weight issues.
Johanna Bassani was an Austrian combined ski jumper and Nordic skier. After starting her career at the age of 12, Bassani went on to establish herself as an important skier and made it to the national team in 2020 when she was selected to take part in the Nordic Junior World Ski Championships. However, she committed suicide at age 18.
Primož Peterka is a Slovenian retired ski jumper who won 15 individual World Cup competitions, a Ski Flying World Cup title, two successive overall World Cup titles, and the Four Hills Tournament. Primož Peterka also won bronze medals at the 2002 Olympic Games and 2005 World Championships. Peterka is considered one of the most successful Slovenian athletes of all time.
Robert Kranjec is a Slovenian retired ski jumper best known for winning a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He also won a bronze at the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and an individual gold medal at the 2012 FIS Ski Flying World Championships.
Timi Zajc is a Slovenian ski jumper who achieved international prominence in 2022 when he won a gold and silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. In the same year, Timi Zajc also won a gold and silver medal at the FIS Ski Flying World Championships in Vikersund, Norway.
Cene Prevc is a Slovenian ski jumper. He was part of the men's large hill team that won the silver medal at the 2022 Olympics. Born into a family of ski jumpers, Prevc started his training at a young age. His brothers Domen and Peter are FIS Ski Jumping World Cup jumpers, while his father is a ski jumping referee.
Nika Kriznar is a Slovenian ski jumper best known for winning a gold and bronze medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. She also won a silver and bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Anže Lanišek is a Slovenian ski jumper who won a bronze medal at the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany. Also known for his ski flying skills, Anže Lanišek competed in the 2022 Ski Flying World Championships where he helped his team win a gold medal.
Peter Florjančič was a Slovene Olympic athlete and inventor. He took part in the 1936 Olympic Games where he was the youngest member of the ski-jumping team from Yugoslavia. He is best remembered for inventing the perfume atomizer and plastic ice skates. Peter Florjančič's life and career inspired a documentary film that released in 2002.
Ema Klinec is a Slovenian ski jumper who won the gold medal in the women's individual normal hill competition at the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, becoming the first Slovenian female ski jumper to do so. In the same World Championships, Ema Klinec also won the silver medal in the team normal hill competition.
Retired Norwegian ski jumper Anette Sagen is mostly known for her bronze win at the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. She is also a 3-time Continetal Cup winner and won her first World Cup in 2013. She made headlines when she wasn’t allowed to jump K-185 in Vikersund even after performing well.
Tormod Knutsen was a Nordic combined skier from Norway. He is best remembered for winning a silver and gold medal at the 1960 and 1964 Winter Olympics respectively. A four-time national champion, Tormod Knutsen was honored with the prestigious Holmenkollen Medal in 1960. In 1964, Knutsen penned an autobiography titled In jumps and trails.
Špela Rogelj is a Slovenian former ski jumper best known for winning a silver medal at the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany. Rogelj started her career by competing in the FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup before proceeding to represent her country at World Cup level. Špela Rogelj announced her retirement in 2022.