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Simon Ammann breaks Swiss Olympic record: “It’s really a privilege”

Four-time gold winner Simon Ammann is taking part in his seventh Olympic Games. The 40-year-old looks back on his eventful Olympic history.

The end of Simon Ammann’s career has been announced several times in the media. After the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Swiss cried after his last jump in the finish area, but then declared a month later that he wanted to continue after all.

After the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, the public was again sure that this time it was the ski jumping legend’s last participation in the Olympics.

Ammann is “amazed”

But now Ammann, at the age of 40, is also at the start in Beijing and, with his seventh participation, is the Swiss with the most Olympic appearances. “I’m a bit surprised myself that I’m back after Pyeongchang – where I said goodbye, so to speak,” said the four-time Olympic champion to the Swiss “view” With.

He does not take this for granted. “It’s really a privilege to be here again,” emphasized Ammann and went on to say that this record was never his goal.

Of course, the topic of the end of a career also comes up in the run-up to these games. Is Ammann finally saying goodbye to the Olympics? “I don’t leave much room for melancholy. Now there’s work. I don’t have the time and don’t want to deal with it,” he replied.

Ammann looks back on his Olympic participation

Nevertheless, the Swiss sports hero looks back on his eventful career. Ammann was just 16 when he played his first games in Nagano in 1998. For him “really nice, almost childhood memories”, even if he couldn’t keep up with the stars in sport. Four years later he won double gold in Salt Lake City. “Before, we never believed that we could even crack this league of extraordinary ski jumpers,” recalled the Swiss.

However, it reached its peak in 2010 in Vancouver. Again, two gold medals should jump out for Ammann in the end. “That was the professional moment, where everything comes together. It really couldn’t be topped anymore. It was a masterpiece that every good athlete would like to deliver at least once in his career,” enthused the 40-year-old, who at the time was the leader of the overall World Cup Canada traveled.

It was normal for the games in 2006, 2014 and 2018 to be disappointing. “If you take part in the Olympics more often, it just comes together and there are also difficult moments,” he said calmly.

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