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A life in the spotlight

for Nearly 40 years, his Name for triumphs, Glamour, tragedies, excesses and scandals. Because Matti was not Nykänen only a gifted ski jumper, he delivered the tabloid press about his career beyond the end of the fabric. The farewell was but quietly. On Sunday afternoon he complained of dizziness, and on Monday morning Nykänens had a weak heart stopped.

The eagle Nykänen flies to a life in the spotlight, now on the eternal clouds. With Successes, continue to outperform in the current ski jumping world. Olympic gold medal and a silver in 1984, three Starts and three gold medals in 1988 in Calgary. With 46 world Cup victories, he was number 1, until 2013, the Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer exceeded.


Laajavuori-Bakken in the vicinity of Jyväskylä Matti Nykänen ski jump is now. Everything began with Matti Ensio Nykänen. The Boy was afraid to fly out of the school. He told Jussilainen is the ski jumping trainer Taisko. The invited him: "When you have problems, come to the hill." And the little Matti came. He showed a will that separated him from the others. On Monday recalled Jussilainen: "He lived a life that is hardly possible – of the life but a lot of other people."

What he means by this is, for example, like this: In the Winter before his Olympic triple Nykänen had been out of the national team thrown during the four-hills-tournament, he had celebrated between two competitions for too long. In the case of a other four-hills-tournament, the coach caught him with a blood-alcohol level, the left appear to be a Start on the next day, as unlikely. Far from it: The Finn jumped – more than all the others.

A year after winning the Junior world championship Nykänen, 1982 in Oslo, was the first champion of the world. The picture, like the little Matti on the shoulders of the long-running giant Juha Mieto celebrates, makes Finland still proud of today. These early successes were poison for the ski jumpers. Nykänen has been taken by any media person responsible in custody. "Everyone has to drink two or three Beers. But if I did, I had to read it in the newspaper," he complained. Twice Nykänen was elected the sportsman of the year. His career then went to the end, as the V-style came up. "This is something for scarecrows", claimed he. In 1991, he joined.

the mid-90s, he has made his living as a Striptease dancer.

in Spite of mediocre Talent Nykänen followed the advice of some business people: He was a singer. His first Single, "night of Surprises" ("Yllätysten Yö") sold more than 25000 times, which won him a "Golden record". Nykänen is the former javelin Olympic champion Tapio Rautavaara, the second one Finnish athlete who also brought in the music business, Gold.

The euphoria after the successful launch of the second career quickly. The alcohol was still loyal companion Nykänens. In the mid-90s, he has made his living as a Striptease dancer. When he wanted to sell due to lack of funds, his medals, paid in 1994, a journal of the debts and ensured that the awards remained in the Finnish sports Museum.

Nykänen was married five times, twice with the millionaire's daughter Mervi Tapola. Multiple maltreatment, and finally a knife attack with choking the partner led in 2010 to a prison sentence of 16 months. Already in 2004 and 2005, he had been due to knife attacks (under the influence of alcohol) were sentenced.

This misconduct prevented the recording Nykänens in the "Hall of Fame". Nine books and a Film dedicated to him; a biography with his cooperation appeared under the title "greetings from hell". 2009 Nykänen on a Web TV channel launched his own cooking show: "Mattihan se soppa keitti". What both as "Matti has cooked this soup" as well as "Matti has caused these problems" can be interpreted. He knew him in his life, not all optimally managed.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 05.02.2019, 10:18 PM

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