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Ski Jumping at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Men's Large Hill, Individual

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena, Lillehammer
Date Started: February 20, 1994
Date Finished: February 20, 1994
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: GER Jens Weißflog
Silver: NOR Espen Bredesen
Bronze: AUT Andi Goldberger

Summary

Home favourite Espen Bredesen had every reason to be confident at the start of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Not only was Bredesen the world champion in this event but he had also won the pre-Olympic test event and entered the Olympics as Norwegian national champion. His main rivals included World Cup holder Andi Goldberger of Austria and a resurgent Jens Weißflog who had won an Olympic title a decade earlier in Sarajevo. Not present in Lillehammer were the two men who had shown dominance in Albertville. Martin Höllwarth and Toni Nieminen were still teenagers in 1994 but had already suffered a collapse in form which left them out of their respective national teams.

The large and vociferous crowd was thrilled by the leap of Espen Bredesen in the first round as he sailed into the distance before coming to earth at the 135.5 m mark. This gave him a healthy lead at the half way point but gathering behind were his two great rivals Goldberger and Weißflog. The second set of jumps changed everything. It wasn’t that Bredesen performed badly, merely that Weißflog was magnificent as he produced a leap eleven metres ahead of his rival and became the first German to win this event since 1960. Jens Weißflog was the only winner from Sarajevo to repeat in Lillehammer and it came after his career stalled as he failed to adapt to the new demands of the V-technique and the post-unification German coaching system. He retired after the 1995-96 season.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Jens Weißflog 29 Germany GER Gold 274.5
2 Espen Bredesen 26 Norway NOR Silver 266.5
3 Andi Goldberger 21 Austria AUT Bronze 255.0
4 Takanobu Okabe 23 Japan JPN 243.5
5 Jani Soininen 21 Finland FIN 231.1
6 Lasse Ottesen 19 Norway NOR 226.6
7 Jaroslav Sakala 24 Czech Republic CZE 222.0
8 Jinya Nishikata 25 Japan JPN 218.3
9 Robert Meglič 19 Slovenia SLO 217.5
10 Didier Mollard 24 France FRA 213.3
11 Christof Duffner 22 Germany GER 213.0
12 Heinz Kuttin 23 Austria AUT 207.4
13 Masahiko Harada 25 Japan JPN 199.9
14 Noriaki Kasai 21 Japan JPN 196.1
15 Dieter Thoma 24 Germany GER 192.7
16 Roberto Cecon 22 Italy ITA 188.2
17 Øyvind Berg 22 Norway NOR 187.0
18 Raimo Ylipulli 23 Finland FIN 182.6
19 Stefan Horngacher 24 Austria AUT 181.5
20 Ivan Lunardi 20 Italy ITA 171.6
21 Nicolas Dessum 16 France FRA 171.0
22 Ari-Pekka Nikkola 24 Finland FIN 170.7
23 Steve Delaup 21 France FRA 170.2
24 Hansjörg Jäkle 22 Germany GER 169.8
25 Janne Ahonen 16 Finland FIN 163.4
26 Christian Moser 21 Austria AUT 160.5
27 Matjaž Kladnik 18 Slovenia SLO 155.1
28 Martin Švagerko 26 Slovakia SVK 152.9
29 Zbyněk Krompolc 15 Czech Republic CZE 151.4
30 Ladislav Dluhoš 28 Czech Republic CZE 141.8
31 Wojciech Skupień 17 Poland POL 141.6
32 Ivo Pertile 22 Italy ITA 140.9
33 Matjaž Zupan 25 Slovenia SLO 140.4
34 Mikael Martinsson 25 Sweden SWE 140.3
35 Ted Langlois 26 United States USA 135.2
36 Sylvain Freiholz 19 Switzerland SUI 134.3
37 Andrey Verveykin 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 134.1
38 Franci Petek 22 Slovenia SLO 132.2
39 Jiří Parma 31 Czech Republic CZE 124.7
40 Fredrik Johansson 19 Sweden SWE 123.3
41 Johan Rasmussen 23 Sweden SWE 114.9
42 Mikhail Yesin 26 Russia RUS 112.3
43 Stein Henrik Tuff 19 Norway NOR 110.5
44 Stanislav Pokhilko 18 Russia RUS 109.4
45 Miroslav Slušný 29 Slovakia SVK 106.7
46 Jim Holland 26 United States USA 102.9
47 Nicolas Jean-Prost 26 France FRA 97.1
48 Aleksandr Kolmakov 27 Kazakhstan KAZ 96.9
49 Dmitry Chelovenko 19 Russia RUS 86.4
50 Bob Holme 24 United States USA 85.0
51 Martin Trunz 23 Switzerland SUI 84.3
52 Vasyl Hrybovych 24 Ukraine UKR 83.1
53 Randy Weber 16 United States USA 69.7
54 Aleksandr Sinyavsky 16 Belarus BLR 69.6
55 Kakha Tsakadze 25 Georgia GEO 62.9
56 Staffan Tällberg 23 Sweden SWE 61.3
57 Aleksey Solodyankin 21 Russia RUS 58.2
58 Kayrat Biekenov 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 35.2