| Event type

Large Hill, Individual, Men

Date20 February 1994
LocationLysgårdsbakkene, Lillehammer
Participants58 from 19 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Judge #1Gerhard WenningerAUT
Judge #2M. MartinakSVK
Judge #3Räto WohlwendSUI
Judge #4Rejo VirmavirtaFIN
Judge #5Odd SandvoldNOR
DetailsK-Point: 123 m

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.

144Jens WeißflogGER274.5Gold
256Espen BredesenNOR266.5Silver
332Andi GoldbergerAUT255.0Bronze
420Takanobu OkabeJPN243.5
541Jani SoininenFIN231.1
639Lasse OttesenNOR226.6
749Jaroslav SakalaCZE222.0
833Jinya NishikataJPN218.3
951Robert MegličSLO217.5
1055Didier MollardFRA213.3
1124Christof DuffnerGER213.0
1252Heinz KuttinAUT207.4
135Masahiko HaradaJPN199.9
1448Noriaki KasaiJPN196.1
1530Dieter ThomaGER192.7
1646Roberto CeconITA188.2
1723Øyvind BergNOR187.0
1826Raimo YlipulliFIN182.6
1916Stefan HorngacherAUT181.5
2038Ivan LunardiITA171.6
2129Nicolas DessumFRA171.0
228Ari-Pekka NikkolaFIN170.7
234Steve DelaupFRA170.2
247Hansjörg JäkleGER169.8
2557Janne AhonenFIN163.4
269Christian MoserAUT160.5
2735Matjaž KladnikSLO155.1
2845Martin ŠvagerkoSVK152.9
2928Zbyněk KrompolcCZE151.4
3019Ladislav DluhošCZE141.8
3131Wojciech SkupieńPOL141.6
3215Ivo PertileITA140.9
3322Matjaž ZupanSLO140.4
3453Mikael MartinssonSWE140.3
3550Ted LangloisUSA135.2
3658Sylvain FreiholzSUI134.3
3747Andrey VerveykinKAZ134.1
386Franci PetekSLO132.2
393Jiří ParmaCZE124.7
4012Fredrik JohanssonSWE123.3
411Johan RasmussenSWE114.9
4254Mikhail YesinRUS112.3
4310Stein Henrik TuffNOR110.5
4442Stanislav PokhilkoRUS109.4
4537Miroslav SlušnýSVK106.7
4621Jim HollandUSA102.9
4713Nicolas Jean-ProstFRA97.1
4836Aleksandr KolmakovKAZ96.9
4918Dmitry ChelovenkoRUS86.4
5011Bob HolmeUSA85.0
5143Martin TrunzSUI84.3
5225Vasyl HrybovychUKR83.1
5327Randy WeberUSA69.7
5434Aliaksandr SiniauskiBLR69.6
5514Kakha TsakadzeGEO62.9
5640Staffan TällbergSWE61.3
572Aleksey SolodyankinRUS58.2
5817Kayrat BiekenovKAZ35.2