Lasse Ottesen

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Medal record
Men's ski jumping
Representing  Norway
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1994 Lillehammer Normal hill – K90

Lasse Ottesen (born 8 April 1974) is a Norwegian former ski jumper who competed from 1991 to 2002.

Career[edit]

He grew up in the little hamlet of Aurskog in eastern Norway and represented the local sports club Aurskog-Finstadbru SK.

His biggest success at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer where he earned a silver medal in the Individual Normal Hill. Ottesen also finished 4th at the 1995 Nordic skiing World Championships in the Individual Large Hill.

After retiring, he became a coach. He was the ski jumping coach for the Nordic combined teams of Norway and then the United States, and later became the head coach for the United States.

Controversy[edit]

In the 1993/94 Four Hills Tournament, Ottesen played a notorious role in helping his compatriot Espen Bredesen beat German Jens Weißflog. Weißflog was protecting an 8-point lead before the last jump, and the jumping order was Bredesen – Ottesen – Weißflog. After Bredesen's jump, Ottesen illegally delayed his jump so long until the wind conditions had significantly worsened. Weißflog lost 20 points on his last jump, lost the tourney and bitterly complained of foul play afterwards.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmitt fliegt neun Meter weiter als Widhölzl (German)
Records
Preceded by
Espen Bredesen
World's longest ski jump
22 March 1997 – 19 March 1999
Succeeded by
Martin Schmitt