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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Austrian ski-jumper and footballer Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, counted among most-successful female-athletes of ski-jumping, holds ski-flying world-record since 2003 as the first and till-present only-woman to fly over 200 metres. Her feats in ski-jumping includes three individual-victories at Holmenkollen Ski Festival, winning women's Continental Cup, and silver at 2014 Winter Olympics. In football, she became Austrian Cup finalist twice with Wacker Innsbruck.
Birger Ruud was a Norwegian alpine skier and ski jumper best remembered for winning two Olympic gold medals and one silver medal in ski jumping for his country. He also won three World Championship gold medals and one silver medal during his illustrious career. Birger Ruud also had a World Championship bronze medal in alpine skiing under his belt.