Matti Nykanen

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Birthday
17, 1963
Birthplace
Jyvaskyla, Finland
Death Date
Feb 4, 2019 (55)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
17, 1963
Birthplace
Jyvaskyla, Finland
Death Date
Feb 4, 2019 (55)

About

Considered one of the greatest male ski jumpers of all time; he won five Olympic and nine World Championship medals, but tarnished his reputation with his violent behavior.

Before Fame

He won three gold medals in the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988, tied for the most of any athlete in the competition.

Trivia

Known to be a heavy drinker, he was convicted in a stabbing case in 2004, serving over 2 years in jail for it, and was sent back to jail again in 2009 after assaulting his wife.

Family Life

He had a tempestuous relationship with heiress Mervi Tapola, the couple divorcing in 2003 and remarrying again just a year later. He had two children: Sami and Eveliina.

Associated With

Janne Ahonen was another, much less colorful Finnish Olympic athlete.