Simon Ammann, the Swiss ski jumper who added fame for his similarity to Harry Potter in 2002 and went to win all four Olympic ski jumps on North American earth this century, has walked back talk of retirement and today says he wants to remain through the Tokyo Olympic.
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Ammann won the usual hill and big hill in Salt Lake City in 2002. European ski jumpers don’t essentially get care from U.S. talk shows, but the 20-year-old Ammann had two things that set him apart. First, his wins were tremendous upsets. Second, he looked like Harry Potter.
He wound up appearing on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” which makes him a wild-card linking in the Kevin Bacon game the peripatetic actor was the other guest on the show that night, and Ammann happily posed with Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick after the show.
Eight years later, Ammann repeated the feat in Vancouver. This time, he left behind the Harry Potter glasses though he made an enthusiastic walk through the mixed zone wearing amusingly oversized sunglasses that made him look like the Buggles’ Trevor Horn in the “Video Killed the Radio Star” video, the first music video on MTV.
In 2010, his victories weren’t quite as unexpected. He won the World Cup season title that year, sandwiched between two second-place finishes. In 2002, on the other hand, he took off from the Olympic hill at Park City have never won a World Cup event. His two wins in the Olympics were his first two in any international competition in the FIS database.
Ammann has too had a win in major rivalry in Asia. He acquired gold and silver in the 2007 world championships in Sapporo, Japan, the first two of his 4 career world championship medals. He also won a World Cup event in Sapporo in 2010.