Who is Johannes Rydzek?
Germam Nordic combined skier Johannes Rydzek was born in 1991.He's been competing for Germany since 2006.
Rydzek is nicknamed Richi and Jojo by his friends and family and he's a student who is studying Economics and Engineering.
He can speak two languages, English and German, fluently.
He trained in the club SC 1906 Oberstdorf in Germany under coach Hermann Weinbuch who is on a national level.
His sister Coletta competes in cross-country skiing at the international level. She won a bronze medal at the junior world championships in 2017.
Rydzek, himself, made his World Cup Debut - 2008 in Kuusamo, Finland.
In 2006 and 2007 he broke his right forearm. In 2002 he broke his thigh bone.
He took his first ski jump in 1995 at the age of four.
He took up skiing as a sport because, "My father was a volunteer at the Four Hills Tournament. And because of this I always wanted to ski jump."
He was named the 2017 Male Athlete of the Year in Germany. The award results from the vote of about 1,300 sports journalists in Germany.
Ryzdek was named the 2017 Athlete of the Year at the annual FIS Nordic Combined Awards ceremony. He also claimed the Moment of the Year Award for his four gold medals at the 2017 World Championships in Lahti, Finland.
In 2017, Ryzdek received the Golden Ski from the German Ski Association [DSV]. At the 2017 World Championships in Lahti, Finland, Ryzdek became the first Nordic combined athlete from any nation to win four gold medals at a single world championship. This brought his overall world championship medal tally to 12, a record he shares with German teammate Bjorn Kircheisen.
In September 2017 Ryzdek became the first person to enter the Guinness Book of World Records in uphill running, by completing a 50 m sprint at a consistent angle of 37 degrees or more in 27.67 seconds at the Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Ryzdek along with his team mates, Eric Frenzel and Fabian Riessle celebrated their victory this year at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Eric Frenzel and Ryzdek have managed to bring a gold medal home twice now and they felt exuberated at their victories.
Fabian Riessle was also part of their celebrations. "You can not write a fairy tale better," said Rydzek.
Career of the skier
Rydzek won a bronze medal in the 4 x 5 km team event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Although that was his only win at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the coming years had more in store for him.
He also won five World Cup races, his first win came in March 2011, in Lahti, Finland. Also in 2011, at the World Championships, he managed to finish second in the large hill Gundersen at Holmenkollen. He also won in Ruka, Finland, in 2014.
Johannes Rydzek, had discovered his passion and interest in the Nordic Sports at quite a young age. He managed to take a jump before his fifth birthday. "I always went cross-country skiing with my parents. My dad was also a volunteer at the Four Hills Tournament and that was also a reason why I always wanted to jump", the "Junior-Athlete of the Year 2011" recalled in an interview.
As a child, he first started ski jumping and cross-country skiing separately.
Rydzek, who made his World Cup debut in Kuusamo in 2008, is always fascinated by the combination of speed and endurance which Nordic Combined has to offer and hence took it up as a profession.
At a young age, he was successful in his career, winning three silver medals at World Championships and a bronze and a silver medal at the Winter Olympic Games so far.
The resident of Oberstdorf, Germany, also had another great achievement on his list of merits during the Summer Grand Prixs.
The last four years, he's won at least one competition in front of his home crowd, and the icing on the cake was his success with the win of the overall SGP ranking in 2011.
With four total World Cup victories, three in the past winter season of 2013/14, the young German has really increased the expectations along with teammate Eric Frenzel, taking the second place in the overall World Cup ranking.
2015 became the most successful in his career as Johannes Rydzek managed to win 4 medals at World Championships in Falun.
He also won 2 gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal that together made him the most successful athlete at the Championships in 2015.
His success in 2015 got him nominated for the main sports award in Germany: "Sports personality of the Year" 2015, where he was announced as a winner together with Nordic combined team (nomination: Team of Year) and ranked as 3rd in personal voting by German broadcaster ZDF.
In October 2016 Johannes Rydzek claimed his 6th title of German Champion in the town of Oberhof.
At the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Rydzek won a gold medal in the Individual Gundersen LH/10 km Cross-Country, finishing before his teammates Fabian Riessle and Eric Frenzel.
This also marked the first time since 1976 that three German athletes managed to secure medals in the same Nordic combined event at Olympic Games.
Rydzek secured another gold medal in the Men's Team competition alongside Riessle, Frenzel and Vinzenz Geiger in the Olympics.
The net worth of the skier is currently unavailable.