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He invented modern ski-jumping, I give you that. Plenty of the old guard couldn't adjust.
But he won one World Cup season. Nykänen won 14 Olympic and World Championship medals, nine of them gold, three at the Calgary olympics alone and four World Cup titles plus the Four Hills Tournament twice.
Too bad he couldn't handle his drink and his personal demons (he was sentenced for domestic violence among other things) and about twenty of his last years he was more of a tabloid favourite for his erratic behaviour rather than ex-sporting hero.
Long-distance running used to be a big thing thanks to guys like Paavo Nurmi and Lasse Viren and many others and that was an issue for a long time.
Ski-jumping was big when I was young. The Middle European tour which is held around the turn of the year was a must watch and obviously we had Matti Nykänen one of the greatest ever.
Not as strong as they used to be.
#1 was never winning a medal in the icehockey WC. This was fixed in 1992 (although we won Olympic silver in 1988) and the big one in 1995 with gold.
#2 Was not winning the Eurovision song contest. This was sorted by Lordi in 2007.
#3 is the fact Finland has never played in any football world or european cups. A win tomorrow would fix that.
Nice write-up in the Guardian. Will my adopted home country finally qualify for a tournament. Seems small, but it would mean a lot.