Dieter Thoma: He says goodbye as an ARD ski jumping expert

After his successful ski jumping career, Dieter Thoma made a name for himself as an ARD expert. Now he has announced his resignation.

After more than ten years, Dieter Thoma (50) says goodbye as an ARD ski jumping expert. "We very much regret his resignation. His specialist knowledge, experience and competence set him apart in his work on screen," explains ARD sports coordinator Axel Balkausky in a statement. Especially because of his "sympathetic and open manner", it was a great pleasure for ARD year after year to work with Thoma in the ski jumping competitions in the first. According to Balkausky, Thoma "wants to devote himself to other things again."

Dieter Thoma, who was born in Hinterzarten, began making his first attempts at jumping at the age of six. He won his first World Cup at the age of only 19. In his sport he became Olympic champion, world champion and won the prestigious Four Hills Tournament in 1990. He ended his professional career on New Year's Eve 1999/2000. He was first seen as an expert on RTL alongside Günther Jauch (64), and since 2007 he has worked for ARD.