Nykänen celebrated by a North Korean stamp

Matti Ensio Nykänen (17 July 1963 – 4 February 2019) was a Finnish ski jumper who competed from 1981 to 1991, and he is widely considered to be the greatest male ski jumper of all time. He won five Winter Olympic medals (four gold, three of which at the 1988 Winter Olympics), nine World Championship medals (five gold), and 22 Finnish Championship medals (14 gold). Nykänen is the only ski jumper in history to have won all five of the sport’s major events: a gold medal at the Winter Olympics (three times), the Ski Jumping World Championships (once), the Ski Flying World Championships (once), four World Cup overall titles (an all-time male record shared with Adam Małysz), and the Four Hills Tournament (twice). Nykänen remains the only male five-time ski flying world record holder in history. After he retired from competitions, his troubled personal life led to various public incidents. Nykänen passed away aged 55 after a short illness. Read more: Matti Nykänen