Matti Nykänen has passed away

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He was only 55. :( I remember watching his Olympic performances and also reading about his struggles in later life. May he Rest in Peace.
 

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There has been lots of mourning here in Finland. He was a great ski jumper, but had some difficult times afterwards, problems with alcohol, family violence etc.
But today he seems to be deeply loved by both Finnish people and ski jump fans everywhere. Lennä Nykäsen Matti...(the song about him...)
 

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According to a Finnish friend of mine, the Finnish government is considering a state funeral for Nykänen.
Yes, they are. I have mixed feelings about that. He really was a great athlete, but his life post sports was a mess.

We have a parlament election coming in two months, maybe someone at the goverment is fishing some votes.

Despite of all the controversy, I am sad that he died just when the life seemed a bit easier for him.
 
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Well, he WAS one of the greatest sportsmen his country ever had. So he deserves some recognition for that and should be remembered for his achievements.
And since Finland thoroughly enjoyed following his life post-sports and still loved "their" Matti, I think it would be fine. He entertained the entire country by being in the yellow press almost constantly for 30+ years. I'd consider this a feat not everyone is able to achieve.
 

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With the exception of figure skating I am not a sports fan at all, but even I know who he was. Condolences to all who loved or admired him.
 
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I just found out via geni.com (a heritage website) that I am kinda related to Matti.
"Matti Nykänen is your fourth great aunt's uncle's wife's aunt's husband's sister's husband's fourth great grandson."
 
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Matti's funeral took place earlier this month. Although he didn't get a state funeral, the Finnish government paid for the ceremony etc.
He is to be cremated and his urn to be placed next to his father's in Jyväskylä.

I watched the movie about him today and really enjoyed it. He was somewhat of a talented tragic clown.

40 days have passed since he left us. Farewell, Matti!
 

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