Espen Bredesen

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Espen Bredesen
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Personal information
Full name Espen Bredesen
Born (1968-02-02) February 2, 1968 (age 47)
Oslo, Norway
Professional information
Club Oppsal
Personal best 210 m (689 ft)
Planica, 22 Mar 1997
World Cup
Seasons 1990–1999
Wins 8
Additional podiums 13
Overall titles 1 (1993–94)
Updated on July 19, 2010.

Espen Bredesen (born February 2, 1968) is a Norwegian former ski jumper who competed from 1990 to 1999 representing Oppsal IL/Kollenhopp in Oslo. At World Cup level he won gold and silver medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer.

At the 1992 Winter Olympics, he performed badly, coming last in the normal hill and 57th out of 59 on the large hill. He had converted from the classical to the V-style just a month previously. His poor performance gave him the nickname "Espen the Eagle", based on British ski jumper Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards.[1]

At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1993 in Falun, he won gold medals both in the team large hill and the individual large hill events. In the 1993-94 season, he won the Four Hills Tournament. He won gold and silver medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer, and won a silver medal at the FIS Ski-Flying World Championships 1994 in Planica. Bredesen twice beat the world ski flying record with jumps of 209 meters (1994) and 210 meters (1997).

Bredesen also won the ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 1993. He was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1994 (shared with Ljubov Egorova and Vladimir Smirnov).

WR statement[edit]

Bredesen's statement after his first world record in Planica 1994 when he jumped 209m:


Preceded by
Toni Nieminen
World's longest ski jump
18 March 1994 – 22 March 1997
Succeeded by
Lasse Ottesen