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Ahonen comes out of retirement again to compete in Sochi

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Associated Press
1/11/2013 11:51:08 AM
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HELSINKI, Finland -- Five-time world champion ski jumper Janne Ahonen is coming out of retirement for a second time to be able to compete at next year's Sochi Olympics.

The 35-year-old Finn, who does not have an individual Olympic medal, told Finnish broafdcaster YLE that he was inspired to return to jumping because of changes to regulations over jumping kit and equipment and had been training for some time.

"I made myself a jump suit. The regulation changes make it even easier for me to return and suit my technique and physique," he said Friday. "We went out on a jump to try and it was fun and felt good."

Ahonen, who joined the World Cup circuit in 1992 at the age of 15, sat out the 2008-09 season to spend more time with his family. He returned to jumping in late 2009, but failed in his quest to win an Olympic medal in Vancouver before retiring again in 2011. He has a record five victories at the Four Hills tournament, holds five world championship titles -- three of them in team events -- and is the all-time leader in World Cup points.

Ahonen told YLE that he would train to be ready to jump at Sochi but did not rule out competing during the current season.

"After a total two-year break my thoughts and technique haven't disappeared," he said. "I've still got them and have had some good jumps."

Janne Ahonen (Photo: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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