|Full name||Kazuyoshi Funaki
( Japanese 船 木 和 喜 , Funaki Kazuyoshi )
|birthday||April 27, 1975|
|place of birth||Yoichi , Japan|
|Pers. Best||206.5 m ( Planica 1999)|
|Ski jumping world cup / A class jumping|
|Debut in the World Cup||December 20, 1992|
|World Cup victories (individual)||15 ( details )|
|World Cup victories (team)||details )2 (|
|Overall World Cup||2. ( 1997/98 )|
|Ski flying world cup||2. (1997/98)|
|Jump World Cup||3. (1998/99)|
|Four Hills Tournament||1. ( 1997/98 )|
|Nordic Tournament||10 (2003)|
|Ski jumping Grand Prix|
|Overall Grand Prix||2. ( 1995 , 1998 )|
|last change: January 7, 2016|
Kazuyoshi Funaki ( Japanese 船 木 和 喜 , Funaki Kazuyoshi ; born April 27, 1975 in Yoichi , Hokkaidō ) is a Japanese ski jumper . In the 1990s in particular, he was one of the most successful athletes in his discipline; more recently, his career has been mixed. Funaki became known for its extreme "template", i.e. for its daring-looking variant of the V-style , in which the body lies flat to the skis.
Funaki started ski jumping at the age of eleven. His birthplace Yoichi is also the home of Yukio Kasaya , who became a Japanese national hero with his victory on the normal hill at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo . Kasaya is also Funaki's role model.
He had his first World Cup appearance on December 20, 1992 in Sapporo. He achieved his first World Cup victory on December 10, 1994 on the normal hill in Planica, Slovenia . A few weeks later, after the third competition of the Four Hills Tournament, he led the overall standings. In the second round of the fourth and final competition in Bischofshofen , he reached the best distance of the day with 131.5 meters, but fell on landing - the tour victory went to Austrian Andreas Goldberger , Funaki only finished second.
Funaki achieved a total of 15 World Cup victories in his career, most recently on February 5, 2005 in Sapporo. He achieved his best result in the overall World Cup in the 1997/98 season with second place. This season he also won the Four Hills Tournament with ease , which he was the first Japanese to succeed. In 1998 he also became world ski flying champion in Oberstdorf.
The high point of his career was the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano . In front of a home crowd, Funaki won gold on the large hill and with the team, and silver on the normal hill behind Jani Soininen from Finland . In the individual competition on the large hill, he received a grade of 20 five times for his perfect jump in the second round - a rating that only seven jumpers have received so far.
At the Nordic World Ski Championships in Ramsau in 1999 he was world champion on the normal hill. In the same year he was honored with the Holmenkollen Medal . With the Japanese team he was also runner-up in 1997, 1999 and 2003.
In the following years, Funaki was rather moderately successful despite some occasional successes. In the 2004/05 season he only reached the thirtieth place in the overall World Cup ranking.
After a break of almost four years in the World Cup, Funaki jumped again on January 31, 2009 in a World Cup competition in his home country and came in 19th. He still takes part in various competitions, but mainly in Japan. On January 16, 2011, he achieved another respectable success with the 16th place in the World Cup jumping in Sapporo.
At the Winter Asian Games 2011 in Almaty , whose jumping competitions were held on the newly built hills of the Gorney Gigant complex , Funaki won the silver medal on the large hill. He finished sixth on the normal hill. At the team competition on the large hill, Funaki won the gold medal with Yūta Watase , Yūhei Sasaki and Kazuya Yoshioka .
Funaki lived in Slovenia for a while and no longer trained there with the Japanese team. In contrast to all other Japanese ski jumpers, he was not a member of a works team, but was a kind of independent entrepreneur as a one-man team.
The Austrian songwriter duo Christoph and Lollo released the song Funaki on the album Schispringerlieder in 1999 , in which they “pay homage” to him.
Today Funaki lives single in Sapporo and still competes in the FIS Cup from time to time when it makes a stop in Japan.
World Cup victories in individual
|1.||December 10, 1994||Planica||Normal hill|
|2.||4th January 1995||innsbruck||Large hill|
|3.||December 14, 1996||Harrachov||Large hill|
|4th||4th January 1997||innsbruck||Large hill|
|5.||March 12, 1997||Kuopio||Normal hill|
|6th||March 16, 1997||Oslo||Large hill|
|7th||December 29, 1997||Oberstdorf||Large hill|
|8th.||January 1, 1998||Garmisch-Partenkirchen||Large hill|
|9.||January 4, 1998||innsbruck||Large hill|
|10.||January 24, 1998||Oberstdorf||Ski jump|
|11.||March 21, 1998||Planica||Large hill|
|12.||January 10, 1999||Engelberg||Large hill|
|13.||January 24, 1999||Sapporo||Large hill|
|14th||March 6, 1999||Lahti||Normal hill|
|15th||February 5, 2005||Sapporo||Large hill|
World Cup victories in the team
|1.||January 30, 1999||Willingen||Large hill|
|2.||January 19, 2001||Park City||Large hill|
Individual Grand Prix victories
|1.||August 19, 1995||Kuopio||Normal hill|
|2.||August 12, 1998||Hakuba||Large hill|
Grand Prix victories in the team
|1.||August 7, 1999||Hakuba||Large hill|
Continental Cup wins in singles
|1.||December 18, 1994||Lahti||Large hill|
|2.||January 14, 1995||Sapporo||Large hill|
|3.||January 15, 1995||Sapporo||Normal hill|
|4th||September 21, 1997||Hakuba||Large hill|
|5.||October 23, 1999||Hakuba||Large hill|
|6th||October 24, 1999||Hakuba||Large hill|
|7th||January 15, 2000||Sapporo||Large hill|
|8th.||January 16, 2000||Sapporo||Large hill|
World Cup placements
Grand Prix placements
Continental Cup placements
|place||country||Expanse||set up on||Record up|
( HS : 130 m)
|January 3, 1995||4th January 1995|
( HS : 130 m)
|4th January 1995||4th January 1997|
( HS : 142 m)
|February 7, 1996||November 29, 2002|
( HS : 140 m)
|December 31, 1997||January 1, 1998|
- Kazuyoshi Funaki in the database of the International Ski Federation (English)
- Kazuyoshi Funaki in the database of Sports-Reference (English; archived from the original )
- Result of the large hill (PDF; 59 kB)
- Result normal hill (PDF; 62 kB)
- Result of team competition (PDF; 64 kB)
- Kazuyoshi Funaki in the FIS database. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||船 木 和 喜 (Japanese)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Japanese ski jumper|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 27, 1975|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Yoichi , Hokkaidō , Japan|