Matti Nykanen



Ski Jump Sweep


In 1984 Matti Nykänen of Jyväskla put together two near-perfect jumps to win the large hill event by the largest margin in Olympic history (17.5 points). He also earned a silver medal on the normal hill.

In Calgary Nykänen won the normal hill event by a decisive 17 points and then won the large hill by 16.5 points. This earned him a place in the record books as the first ski jumper to win two gold medals at the same Olympics. In 1988, for the first time, a third jumping event was added to the programme: the large hill team event.

Nykänen led the Finnish team to victory and brought his career total to four gold medals and one silver medal.