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Men's Normal Hill, Individual

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena, Lillehammer
Date Started: February 25, 1994
Date Finished: February 25, 1994
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: NOR Espen Bredesen
Silver: NOR Lasse Ottesen
Bronze: GER Dieter Thoma

Summary

At the 1992 Winter Olympics competition had been dominated by teenagers. Two years later neither of the stars of Albertville, Toni Nieminen and Martin Höllwarth, could qualify for Lillehammer as both men suffered a disintegration of their form. The men who had replaced the two men at the top of the ski jumping rankings included 1993 world champion Masahiko Harada of Japan, the young Austrian Andi Goldberger and the German pair of Thoma and Weißflog. The biggest story of the 1994 ski jumping competition did not concern any of those previously but instead centered about the host nation’s Espen Bredesen. Bredesen’s Olympic debut in 1992 was a humiliating failure as he finished last on the small hill and 57th out of 59th on the large hill and he was heavily criticized at home in Norway. After initially struggling to cope with the switch from the classical to the V-technique his results quickly improved in the 1992-93 season and he won both titles at the Norwegian Championships, the Holmenkollen event, the large hill title at the World Championship and the Pre-Olympic test event.

His performance in Lillehammer was as sensational as his exploits in Albertville had been disastrous. Bredesen’s first round leap may not have been as long as that of fellow Norwegian Lasse Ottesen but his style marks came close to perfection and he led at halfway. The pressure for a home victory had already lifted when Bredesen stood at the start gate for his second jump as Ottesen had already guaranteed a Norwegian gold medal but Ottesen’s hopes for the title were thwarted when Bredesen hung in the air then landed safely at the 104 metre mark. For Norwegian ski jumping the result of this event came as a redemption following the events of Albertville which saw a Norwegian team record a series of disastrous performances as they struggled to make changes to the technical side of the sport. The bronze medal was won by Dieter Thoma of Germany but his margin over the next four jumpers was just 2.5 points.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Espen Bredesen 26 Norway NOR Gold 282.0
2 Lasse Ottesen 19 Norway NOR Silver 268.0
3 Dieter Thoma 24 Germany GER Bronze 260.5
4 Jens Weißflog 29 Germany GER 260.0
5 Noriaki Kasai 21 Japan JPN 259.0
6 Jani Soininen 21 Finland FIN 258.5
7 Andi Goldberger 21 Austria AUT 258.0
8 Jinya Nishikata 25 Japan JPN 253.0
9 Takanobu Okabe 23 Japan JPN 252.0
10 Christian Moser 21 Austria AUT 246.0
11 Gerd Siegmund 21 Germany GER 243.0
12 Stefan Horngacher 24 Austria AUT 242.5
13 Jaroslav Sakala 24 Czech Republic CZE 235.0
14T Nicolas Dessum 16 France FRA 233.0
14T Robert Meglič 19 Slovenia SLO 233.0
16 Ari-Pekka Nikkola 24 Finland FIN 231.0
17 Didier Mollard 24 France FRA 230.0
18 Christof Duffner 22 Germany GER 229.5
19T Roberto Cecon 22 Italy ITA 226.5
19T Matjaž Kladnik 18 Slovenia SLO 226.5
19T Jiří Parma 31 Czech Republic CZE 226.5
22 Nicolas Jean-Prost 26 France FRA 224.5
23 Mikael Martinsson 25 Sweden SWE 222.5
24 Andrey Verveykin 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 221.5
25T Sylvain Freiholz 19 Switzerland SUI 213.0
25T Heinz Kuttin 23 Austria AUT 213.0
25T Martin Švagerko 26 Slovakia SVK 213.0
28 Samo Gostiša 21 Slovenia SLO 210.0
29 Wojciech Skupień 17 Poland POL 206.5
30 Janne Väätäinen 18 Finland FIN 206.0
31 Ivo Pertile 22 Italy ITA 204.5
32 Ivan Lunardi 20 Italy ITA 198.5
33 Ted Langlois 26 United States USA 197.0
34 Staffan Tällberg 23 Sweden SWE 195.5
35 Bob Holme 24 United States USA 195.0
36 Zbyněk Krompolc 15 Czech Republic CZE 189.5
37 Janne Ahonen 16 Finland FIN 186.0
38 Aleksandr Sinyavsky 16 Belarus BLR 179.0
39 Bjørn Myrbakken 21 Norway NOR 177.5
40 Martin Trunz 23 Switzerland SUI 175.0
41T Dejan Jekovec 19 Slovenia SLO 174.0
41T Stanislav Pokhilko 18 Russia RUS 174.0
43 Fredrik Johansson 19 Sweden SWE 173.0
44 Randy Weber 16 United States USA 170.5
45 Aleksey Solodyankin 21 Russia RUS 168.0
46 Aleksandr Kolmakov 27 Kazakhstan KAZ 165.5
47 Steve Delaup 21 France FRA 162.5
48 Jim Holland 26 United States USA 158.0
49 Kayrat Biekenov 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 157.5
50 Kakha Tsakadze 25 Georgia GEO 156.5
51 Miroslav Slušný 29 Slovakia SVK 152.0
52 Øyvind Berg 22 Norway NOR 149.5
53 Magnus Westman 27 Sweden SWE 148.0
54 Dmitry Chelovenko 19 Russia RUS 136.5
55 Masahiko Harada 25 Japan JPN 125.5
56 Vasyl Hrybovych 24 Ukraine UKR 102.0
AC Ladislav Dluhoš 28 Czech Republic CZE DQ
AC Mikhail Yesin 26 Russia RUS DQ