Johan Remen Evensen

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Johan Remen Evensen
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Personal information
Full name Johan Remen Evensen
Born (1985-09-16) 16 September 1985 (age 29)
Øksnes, Norway
Professional information
Club Molde og Omegn IF
Skis Elan
Personal best World Record 246.5 m (Vikersund 2011)
World Cup
Seasons 2008–2012
Stage wins 1
Stage podiums 6
Updated on
13 February 2011.

Johan Remen Evensen (born 16 September 1985 in Øksnes) is a former Norwegian ski jumper from Molde. He currently holds the world record for longest ski jump (246.5 meters).

A late bloomer, Evensen made his World Cup debut during the 2008–09 season at age 23, and earned a place in the Norwegian World Cup team following consecutive top-12 finishes at Granåsen. On 14 December 2008, Evensen finished on the podium for the first time in his career, when he finished third in the World Cup event at Pragelato. On 11 February 2011, Evensen made the world's longest ski jump with 246,5 meters in the ski flying qualification round at Vikersund, Norway. The following day he won his first world cup competition in the main event. Evensen announced his retirement from the sport just prior to the FIS Ski-Flying World Championships 2012, effective immediately.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Evensen was born in Alsvåg,[citation needed] but his family moved from Sørvågen to Molde, his mother's home city, when Johan was aged seven.[2] He has four brothers. He took up ski jumping in the sports club Molde og Omegn IF at the age of seven, his father Arnor Evensen being a supportive figure.[3] Johan Remen Evensen attended secondary school at Heimdal, being affiliated with the regional ski jumping team Trønderhopp. He later moved to Oslo, leaving Trønderhopp to join Eastern Norway's Kollenhopp.[2]

At the Norwegian Championships held in Holmenkollen in January 2006, Remen Evensen finished seventeenth in the large hill.[4]

In January 2007 he was used as a test jumper in the ski flying hill Vikersundbakken. He described this as "fantastically fun", and added that the success of Anders Jacobsen inspired him.[5] By February 2007, he had displayed consistently good results in the Norwegian Tournament.[6] He then performed well in the 2007 national championships. For this, he was sent to Japan to compete in the FIS Cup, the third highest level of international ski jumping.[7] Competing three times, twice in Zao and once in Sapporo, Evensen recorded two victories and one second place. He followed up with a second place in his first Continental Cup event, in Zakopane two weeks later.[8] He was drafted to the Norwegian squad for the World Cup event in Planica,[9] but here he fell through in the qualification round.[10] At this time his short-term goal (his long-term goal being to become "the world's best ski jumper") was to make the Norwegian national ski jumping team.[2] In May the same year his inclusion in the national B team was announced.[11] He landed a number of sponsor deals in order to concentrate fully on his training.[2][12]

In the 2007–08 season, Evensen continued his Continental Cup career in January, with three competitions in Sapporo. His best result was a fourth place. At his next international competition, the Continental Cup in Trondheim in March, he finished ninth and tenth in the two races.[8] This season he achieved a personal best jump of 212 metres as a test jumper in Planica.[13] He was also a test jumper at the FIS Ski-Flying World Championships 2008.[14]

Just four days ahead of the 2012 Ski-Flying World Championships at Vikersund in Norway Johan Remen Evensen announced that he would retire from ski jumping effective immediately. Since he had not been selected to represent Norway in the forthcoming world championship some people speculated a connection between this and his decision to quit. At a press conference he explained however that the reason for his quitting was a persistent problem keeping his weight down. He explained that he had been gaining weight without being able to account for it, and he concluded, "I have a body that doesn't function, and that means it's time to quit."[1]

World Cup career[edit]

Ahead of the 2008 season, his place on the national B team was reaffirmed.[15] He achieved mediocre results during the autumn 2008 Continental Cup run,[8] but his performances in the Norwegian Tournament secured him a place on the team for the 2008–09 World Cup opener in Trondheim.[16] In Trondheim Evensen achieved a tenth place in the first race, and followed up with a twelfth place the next day.[8] He was noted as a surprise achiever by the national media.[17] Evensen himself described the competition as a "dream" and "completely insane".[18]

A week later in Pragelato, Evensen achieved a seventh place. Being the highest-placed Norwegian in the race, he described the experience as "unreal".[19] The next day, he was third after the first round, but as the second round was cancelled due to weather conditions, Evensen took his first World Cup podium.[20] The podium was followed by several low rankings, however, on February 14, he again showed his potential by placing third behind Harri Olli and Anders Jacobsen in the Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze in Oberstdorf, where he not only improved his own personal record to 223.5 m, but also jumped 0.5m longer than the previous hill record set by Roar Ljøkelsøy in 2004. His record was not acknowledged because Harri Olli had already landed on 225.5 m in the first round. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, Evensen won a silver in the team large hill event.

Personal life[edit]

Evensen married at the age of 22. He is an outspoken Christian, sponsored by the newspaper Vårt Land among others.[12] He is also a member of the Christian sports organization Kristen Idrettskontakt (KRIK).[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burheim, Mads Gudim; Hugsted, Christian M. (February 20, 2012). "- Jeg er den første til å innrømme at jeg ikke er god nok" [- I'm the first to admit I'm not good enough]. Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Jenssen, Erik (7 March 2007). "Øksnesgutt flyr høyt". Vesterålen Online (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ Hustad, Trond (13 December 2008). "Mor tør ikke se Johan hoppe". Romsdals Budstikke (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Romøren irritert etter NM-gull" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 25 January 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  5. ^ Vaagbø, Vegard Flemmen (13 January 2007). "- Inspirert av Jacobsen". Romsdals Budstikke (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Hustad, Trond (12 February 2007). "Flyr mot toppen". Romsdals Budstikke (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ Hustad, Trond (27 February 2007). "Hopper i VM-bakken". Romsdals Budstikke (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b c d Johan Remen Evensen at the International Ski Federation
  9. ^ Indbjør, Jan H. (19 March 2007). "Johan inn på v-cuplaget". Romsdals Budstikke (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ Vaagbø, Vegard Flemmen (23 March 2007). "Eventyret over før det startet". Romsdals Budstikke (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ Jenssen, Erik (8 May 2007). "Johan på hopplandslaget". Vesterålen Online (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ a b Rake, Jamel (31 December 2008). "- Bryr meg ikke om hva samfunnet sier om meg". VG (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 December 2008. 
  13. ^ Vaagbø, Vegard Flemmen (13 March 2008). "– Johan kan nå 230 meter i dag". Romsdals Budstikke (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Avsluttet med 196 meter". Romsdals Budstikke (in Norwegian). 25 February 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  15. ^ Hustad, Trond (26 April 2008). "Fortsatt med på landslaget". Romsdals Budstikke (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  16. ^ Gjendem, Johannes (30 November 2008). "Hoppet seg inn i verdenscupen". Romsdals Budstikke (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  17. ^ Johnsen, Håvard (6 December 2008). "Hopperne tilbake i toppen" (in Norwegian). TV 2. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  18. ^ Brunvoll, Øyvind (6 December 2008). "- Føles som en drøm!". Romsdals Budstikke (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. [dead link]
  19. ^ "- Det er uvirkelig" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 13 December 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  20. ^ Langerød, Dag (14 December 2008). "- Helt sykt". Nettavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  21. ^ "Aftenposten.no - Disse er sterke i troen". 

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