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Janne Petteri Ahonen ( pronunciation (help·info)) (born May 11, 1977 in Lahti, Finland) is a Finnish ski jumper who has competed in the world cup since 1992. He is considered one of the best and most successful ski jumpers of all time[citation needed]. His achievements include five world championship gold medals (individual World Championships in 1997 (normal hill) and 2005 (large hill), and team World championships in 1995, 1997 and 2003), first place in the World Cup in 2003–2004 and 2004–2005, and first place in the Four Hills Tournament for a record-breaking five times, bettering the previous record of four by Jens Weissflog. Ahonen won the 1999 tournament without winning a single event, coming second on all four hills. Ahonen is also all-time leader in World Cup total points and podiums (105) and third in victories (36), only behind Matti Nykänen (46) and Adam Małysz (38).

Ahonen's other medals in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships include the individual normal hill (bronze: 2005), individual large hill (bronze: 2001), team normal hill (silver: 2001), and team large hill (silver: 2001, 2005). At the FIS Ski Flying World Championships Ahonen has won a record seven medals. Ahonen has thus a total of 19 medals, sharing the record with Matti Nykänen. However, Ahonen has never won an Olympic medal from an individual competition.

In addition to competing as a ski jumper, Ahonen has also successfully maintained a side-career in drag racing, winning both Finnish and Nordic Championship titles in 2004. He races with Team Eagle Racing, named after his Finnish nickname "Flying Eagle". He is married to Tiia Ahonen, and they have two sons, Mico (born 2001) and Milo (born 2008). In December 2005 Ahonen was named the Finnish athlete of the year.

One of Ahonen's trademark features is his apparent lack of emotion when competing, as he is rarely seen smiling, even when celebrating on the podium. This has prompted the German press to conceive him nickname "The Mask".

Ahonen announced to end his ski jumping career on March 26, 2008, but he has already promised to take part in worldcup 2008-2009 in "some way or another".[1] His retirement was confirmed by the FIS in late April.[2]

Ahonen's career officially ended in Lahti on July 9, 2008 in a friendly competition on the HS 97 hill. A remarkable number of his former competitors were present, including Poland's Adam Małysz, the Germans Martin Schmitt and Georg Späth, the Austrian Andreas Goldberger and Andreas Widhölzl, Norway's Roar Ljøkelsøy and Bjørn-Einar Romøren, Japan's Noriaki Kasai, Switzerland's Andreas Küttel, and fellow Finns Tami Kiuru, Matti Hautamäki, Janne Happonen, Veli-Matti Lindström, Kimmo Yliriesto, Pasi Ahonen, Ville Larinto, and Ville Kantee. Despite three months without any training jumps, Ahonen finished his career with another victory by jumping the furthest distance on both rounds. Adam Małysz finished second and Georg Späth third. See more [3][4]

In March 2009 Ahonen announced that he will compete in season 2009-2010 listing his main targets as Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the Four Hills Tournament and the Ski-Flying World Championships.[5]

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