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Espen Bredesen

Full name: Espen Odd Bredesen
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: February 2, 1968 in Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Affiliations: Oppsal Idrettsforening/Team Marikollen
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Ski Jumping

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Ski jumper Espen Bredesen, born and raised in Oslo, had his national breakthrough in 1991, when he was Norwegian champion in both normal and big hill. But his first Olympic Games, Albertville 1992, was a disaster for Bredesen. He had just changed his technique from classical to V-style, and ended up last on the normal hill and next-to-last on the big hill. But Bredesen came back strongly. At the 1993 World Championships in Falun he won on the big hill, in addition to winning another gold in the team event. He ended the season with three victories in the World Cup. His success continued in 1994, winning the opening World Cup event in Planica, after which he was the overall winner of the Four Hills Tournament, climbing to the top of the rostrum both at Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Bischofshofen. At the 1994 Lillehammer Games, Bredesen won gold on the normal hill in addition to a silver medal on the big hill. He was the overall World Cup winner in 1994, the peak of his career. He produced a world record when he jumped 209 m at Planica in March 1994, which he surpassed three years later, jumping 210 m again in Planica.

In the autumn 1994 Bredesen had a severe neck injury during trampoline training, and this injury affected him for the rest of his career. His last World Cup win came at Falun in 1995. He won nine national championships titles in the period 1991-98, and ended his career by placing 19th in the 2000 Norwegian championships on the normal hill. Bredesen later worked as an expert ski jumping commentator for Norwegian TV.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Norway NOR 58
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Men's Large Hill, Individual Norway NOR 57
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Men's Large Hill, Team Norway NOR 7
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Norway NOR 1 Gold
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Men's Large Hill, Individual Norway NOR 2 Silver
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Men's Large Hill, Team Norway NOR 4
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Norway NOR 36

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Norway Final Standings 58 127.1
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Norway Jump 1 57 73.1 73.5 33.6 39.5 13.0 15.0 13.5 13.0 12.0
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Norway Jump 2 58 54.0 65.0 20.0 34.0 10.5 13.0 12.0 11.0 11.0
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Norway Final Standings 1 282.0
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Norway Jump 1 1 140.5 100.5 81.0 59.5 19.5 19.5 20.0 20.0 20.0
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Norway Jump 2 1 OB 141.5 104.0 88.0 53.5 19.0 17.0 18.0 17.5 18.0
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Ski Jumping Norway Final Standings 36 82.5
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Ski Jumping Norway Jump 1 36 82.5 74.5 29.0 53.5 18.5 18.0 17.5 17.5 18.0

Men's Large Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Norway Final Standings 57 74.1
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Norway Jump 1 54 45.4 83.5 8.9 36.5 13.0 11.0 11.0 12.5 14.0
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Norway Jump 2 58 28.7 75.5 -2.3 31.0 10.0 11.0 10.0 10.0 11.0
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Norway Final Standings 2 266.5
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Norway Jump 1 1 OB 144.4 135.5 87.9 56.5 18.5 19.0 19.0 18.5 19.0
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Norway Jump 2 3 122.1 122.0 63.6 58.5 19.5 19.5 19.5 19.5 20.0

Men's Large Hill, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Norway NOR Final Standings 7 199.9
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Norway NOR Jump 1 5 107.9 116.0 54.4 53.5 18.0 18.0 17.5 18.0 17.5
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Ski Jumping Norway NOR Jump 2 8 92.0 107.5 42.5 49.5 17.5 16.5 16.0 16.5 16.5
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Norway NOR Final Standings 4 257.7
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Norway NOR Jump 1 4 126.1 124.5 68.1 58.0 19.5 19.5 19.0 19.0 19.5
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Ski Jumping Norway NOR Jump 2 3 131.6 127.0 72.6 59.0 19.5 19.5 20.0 19.5 20.0
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