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Simon Ammann (born June 25, 1981) is a Swissmarker ski jumper.

Ammann was born in Grabs, Switzerlandmarker to Margit and Hienrich Ammann and raised in Unterwassermarker, Switzerland. He has two brothers and three sisters. He made his debut as a 16-year-old unknown during the 1997-1998 Ski jumping World Cup season. Ammann qualified for the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games, where he finished 35th.

Before the 2002 Winter Olympics, he crashed and suffered injuries. In Salt Lake Citymarker, he surprised everyone by winning the individual gold medal in not just the short hill, but also the long hill event. Ammann was only the second person to accomplish this feat. (The first was Matti Nykänen in 1988.) Ammann quickly became a huge star in Switzerland and also made appearances on American talk shows, such as Late Show with David Letterman (February 20, 2002). Much of his stardom can be credited to his uncanny resemblance to Harry Potter, a comparison Ammann personally disliked.

Ammann also won the ski jumping event at the Holmenkollen ski festivalmarker in 2002 and 2007. This would earn him the Holmenkollen medal in 2007 (Shared with Frode Estil, Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway).

He made his third Olympic appearance in 2006 in Turinmarker. His nickname is "Simi".

Apart from his athletic career, Ammann is also a student of information technology and electrical engineering at ETH Zurichmarker since 2006.

On February 24, 2007, he won his first medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a victory in the individual large hill in Sapporo. Ammann would follow this with a silver in the individual normal hill the following week. Ammann would his complete his set of medals with a bronze in the individual normal hill event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberecmarker.

Ammann currently lives in Schindellegimarker, Switzerland.


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