Espen Bredesen

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Espen Bredesen
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Country Norway Norway
Full name Espen Bredesen
Born (1968-02-02) 2 February 1968 (age 47)
Oslo, Norway
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Personal best 210 m (689 ft)
Planica, 22 Mar 1997
World Cup career
Seasons 19891999
Individual wins 8
Indv. podiums 21
Team podiums 5
Overall titles 1 (1994)
Four Hills titles 1 (1994)
Updated on 30 Mar 2015.

Espen Bredesen (born 2 February 1968) is a Norwegian former ski jumper who competed from 1989 to 1999, representing Oppsal IL/Kollenhopp in Oslo

Career[edit]

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).

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall SF JP 4H NT
1989–90 N/A N/A
1990–91 34 23 N/A 21 N/A
1991–92 34 18 N/A 26 N/A
1992–93 5 5 N/A 33 N/A
1993–94 1st 2nd N/A 1st N/A
1994–95 15 13 N/A 21 N/A
1995–96 13 10 13 21 N/A
1996–97 16 11 19 20 31
1997–98 43 26 55 45
1998–99 101 99 55
1999–00 79 76

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Place Hill Size
1 1992-93 11 Mar 1993 Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken K-120 LH
2 14 Mar 1993 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken K-110 LH
3 28 Mar 1993 Slovenia Planica Bloudkova velikanka K-120 LH
4 1993-94 11 Dec 1993 Slovenia Planica Bloudek Normal Hill K-92 NH
5 1 Jan 1994 West Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K-107 LH
6 6 Jan 1994 Austria Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K-120 LH
7 15 Jan 1994 Czech Republic Liberec Ještěd B K-90 NH
8 1994-95 5 Feb 1995 Sweden Falun Lugnet K-90 (night) NH

WR statement[edit]

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

References[edit]

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