Matti Antero Hautamäki (born July 14, 1981 in Oulu) is a Finnish ski jumper.
Matti made his first ski-jumping attempts at the age of seven near his home town of Oulu. When his older brother Jussi
and his friend Lauri Hakola
moved to Kuopio
, Matti followed them. At first it was quite difficult to be independent at the age of 16, but he got much help and support from his brother, with whom he was living at the time. The help of his new coach Pekka Niemelä
, whom he met at the sports school in Kuopio, also quickly helped him advance. In the same year Matti had his first real successes and won medals at 1997 and 1999 Junior World Cups.
Successes to date
At the Four Hills Tournament
in 2001–'02 Hautamäki finished second, and in 2005 he won the "Scandinavian Four Hills Tournament" Nordic Tournament
for the second time after 2002, with four back-to-back victories. In the 2004–'05 season he won six jumps in a row (including the pre-Olympic rehearsal in Pragelato, the four Nordic Tournament jumps, and the first jump in Planica
) and thus matched the record for the most consecutive victories. (Janne Ahonen
had six consecutive victories in the same season.) His jumps have been judged with the maximum score of 20 multiple times, and he is considered the best ski flier. From 2003 to 2005 he maintained the world record in ski flying of 231 meters. In March 2005 in Planica he even reached 235.5 m, but lost the world record in the same competition to Bjørn Einar Romøren
, who achieved 239 m.
- 16 victories in competition
- 2005 ski jumping event at the Holmenkollen ski festival.
- became the only one who won all four competitions of the Nordic Tournament (Lahti, Kuopio, Lillehammer and Oslo) in the 2004/2005 season
- holds the record of 6 consecutive wins in 2004/2005 season together with Janne Ahonen and Austrian Thomas Morgenstern (in 2007/2008 season)
This article includes material translated from the German and French Wikipedias.