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Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski-jumping great, dies aged 55

  • ‘Flying Finn’ often regarded as best ski jumper ever
  • Chaotic personal life meant Nykänen once worked as stripper

Matti Nykänen, the Finnish ski jumping great who soared to unprecedented Olympic glory but struggled with alcohol addiction and personal chaos, has died at the age of 55.

“Matti died last night,” his wife Pia Nykänen said, without revealing the cause of death.

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