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NIEMINEN Toni
NIEMINEN Toni

Toni NIEMINEN

  • G 2
  • S 0
  • B 1

On 14 February 1992, Toni Nieminen led the Finnish squad to victory in the team ski K120 event. With this win, he became the youngest male to earn a gold medal in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. At 16 years and 259 days, he beat bobsledder Billy Fiske's record by one day.

Writing Olympic history

Two days after the team event, Nieminen competed in the individual K120 event. Both of his jumps earned the highest scores of the competition. With this victory, the ski jumper set another record - as the youngest male winner of an individual event. This time he beat the previous mark (set by figure skater Dick Button) by almost two years. He also won a bronze medal in the K90 individual event. When Toni returned to Finland, he needed a police escort to protect him from the crowd of teenage girls. Ten years later he took part in the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

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OLYMPIA SALT LAKE 2002

SALT LAKE CITY, UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 08: OLYMPISCHE WINTERSPIELE SALT LAKE CITY 2002, Salt Lake City; Eroeffnungsfeier; Einmarsch der Nationen: Finland mit Toni NIEMINEN (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Albertville 1992-During the event: NIEMINEN Toni (FIN)1st. At Courchevel.
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Albertville 1992-During the event. At Courchevel. NIEMINEN Toni (FIN) 1st.
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Albertville 1992-Medals ceremony. At Courchevel. NIEMINEN Toni (FIN) 1st.
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Albertville 1992-NIEMINEN Toni, LAAKKONEN Risto, LAITINEN Mika (FIN) 1st, very happy after the win.
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Albertville 1992-During the event. At Courchevel. NIEMINEN Toni (FIN) 1st, on the skijump.
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 239.5
    Ski Jumping
    Large Hill Individual men
    G 644.4
    Ski Jumping
    Teams men
    B 217.0
    Ski Jumping
    Normal Hill Individual men

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