Janne Ahonen

Olympic medalist

Janne Ahonen (born May 11, 1977 in Lahti, Finland) is a Finnish ski jumper. His achievements include individual World Championships in 1997 (Normal Hill) and 2005 (Large Hill), first place in the World Cup in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005, and first place in the Four Hills Tournament in 1998-1999, 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 (tied with Jakub Janda). It is an interesting fact that when Ahonen won the Four Hills Tournament in 1999 he did so without winning a single event.

Ahonen's other medals at the Nordic skiing World Championships included the Individual Normal Hill (Bronze: 2005), Individual Large Hill (Bronze: 2001), Team Normal Hill (Silver: 2001), and Team Large Hill (Gold: 1995, 1997, 2003; Silver: 2001, 2005).

In addition to his career as a ski jumper, Ahonen has also competed successfully in drag racing, winning both Finnish and Nordic Championship titles in 2004, he races with Team Eagle Racing. He is married to Tiia Ahonen, and they have one son, Mico (born 2001). In December 2005 Ahonen was named Finnish athlete of the year.