Kari Ylianttila

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Kari Ylianttila Ski jumping
Full name Kari Sakari Ylianttila
nation FinlandFinland Finland
birthday August 28, 1953
place of birth RovaniemiFinlandFinlandFinland 
size 178 cm
Weight 66 kg
job Ski jumping coach
society Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura
National squad since 1971
status resigned
End of career 1982
Ski jumping world cup / A class jumping
 Debut in the World Cup December 30, 1979
 Overall World Cup 19. ( 1981/82 )
 Four Hills Tournament 01. ( 1977/78 )

Kari Sakari Ylianttila (born August 28, 1953 in Rovaniemi ) is a former Finnish ski jumper and active ski jumping coach.


He made his first appearance at an international tournament in 1971 at the Four Hills Tournament, but his career was rather sluggish over the next few years. The greatest success of his career was winning the 26th Four Hills Tournament in the winter of 1977/78; he won in Bischofshofen and came second in Innsbruck and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and third in Oberstdorf. However, after this success he did not manage to win again, and in 1982 he ended his career.

From 1987 to 1994 he was the coach of the Finnish ski jumping team, which he led to numerous medals. The not infrequently tangible arguments that he had with Matti Nykänen , his best, but also very irascible, jumper, are almost legendary .

From 1994 to 2004 he was the coach of the American ski jumping team and relocated to Park City . His task was to form a competitive American team by the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City ; the USA was more of a developing country in ski jumping up to that time. The venture was only partially successful. Although Ylianttila succeeded in bringing Alan Alborn and Clint Jones two jumpers to the top of the world in the 1990s , the American team only finished eleventh at the Olympic Games.

In the winter of 2004/05, Ylianttila switched to the Swedish Ski Federation as a trainer. From July 2005 to 2010 he was the coach of the Japanese team.


World Cup placements

season space Points
1980/81 20th 45
1981/82 19th 54

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