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Espen Bredesen (born 2 February 1968) is a Norwegian former ski jumper.

Espen Bredesen
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Country Norway
Born (1968-02-02) 2 February 1968 (age 50)
Oslo, Norway
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Personal best210 m (689 ft)
Planica, 22 March 1997
World Cup career
Seasons19891999
Individual wins8
Indiv. podiums21
Team podiums5
Yellow bibs12
Indiv. starts156
Team starts8
Overall titles1 (1994)
Four Hills titles1 (1994)
Updated on 10 February 2016.

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CareerEdit

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 parallel technique 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 CupEdit

StandingsEdit

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

WinsEdit

No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 1992/93 11 March 1993     Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken K120 LH
2 14 March 1993     Oslo Holmenkollbakken K110 LH
3 28 March 1993     Planica Bloudkova velikanka K120 LH
4 1993/94 11 December 1993     Planica Srednja Bloudkova K90 NH
5 1 January 1994     Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K107 LH
6 6 January 1994     Bischofshofen Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze K120 LH
7 15 January 1994     Liberec Ještěd B K120 LH
8 1994/95 5 February 1995     Falun Lugnet K90 (night) NH

WR statementEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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