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With his win on Saturday's large hill, Simon Ammann just set the record for most individual ski jumping gold medals (four) in Olympic history.
He also may have just set a mark for most dominant Olympic shades.
Never mind the fact that they look like sunglasses you might find on a resident of the Del Boca Vista condominiums. The bottom line is they're hilarious, and at this point, if Ammann wants to wear sunglasses that look like they're borrowed from a neighbor of Jerry Seinfeld's fictional parents, frankly he has earned that right.
Sunglasses aside, some additional perspective on what Ammann just accomplished in Whistler:
- As mentioned, with four gold medals, he now has the most individual Olympic titles of any ski jumper in history.
- His four career Olympic ski jumping golds tie Finland's Matti Nykaenen for the most in history (Nykaenen won three individual golds and one gold in the team event).
- His total of four overall medals is one short of Nykaenen's record of five.
- He is the only ski jumper to win both individual events twice, and he won his titles eight years apart.
- No other ski jumper has ever won a second gold in an individual event with a gap of eight or more years between Olympic titles. Ammann has done it twice.
There are probably a couple more notable distinctions to unearth, but for the time being we're a little bit distracted by those shades.
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