NYKAENEN Matti (1963) Finland / Ski jump
This ski jumping champion is one of the last giants of the sport. He was Olympic champion in Sarajevo in 1984 and won three more events at Calgary four years later. He was the despair of his rivals, who claimed he had "bird hormones" that enabled him to remain hanging in the air for so long on each of his jumps. Nykaenen himself claimed that his secret was simply sleep. He would have a nap for a few minutes just before each jump in order to avoid stress.For many years Nykaenen held the record for the longest jump, soaring more than 186 m before touching the ground.