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Languages: English, Swedish
Birth place: Siilinjaervi
Residence: Kuopio
Skis: Fischer
Marital Status: Single
Hobbies: Hunting - Music - playing drums
Ski Club: Puijon Hiihtoseura
National Coach: Petter Kukkonen
Personal Coach: Antti Kuisma
  • Within one year of his World Cup debut on home turf in Lahti in 2012, Ilkka Herola had shaped into the new team leader of the Finnish team, which was going through a dark phase after the phenomenal success of superstar Hannu Manninen.

    Not only did the then-16-year-old get his permanent ticket for the World Cup with a second rank at the Junior World Championships in Erzurum, Turkey but he also established himself firmly in the Finnish team. By the next winter season, he also saw his first World Championships at Val di Fiemme, Italy. In the winter of 2013/14, he won silver again at the Junior World Championships at the same venue.

    Herola, who lives in Siilinjärvi, Finland and starts for the ski club of Puijon Hiihtoseura, made his debut at the Olympic Games in Sochi with a 14th and 16th rank. He also collected two Top Ten ranks in early 2014 and with a fourth rank at the traditional King's Cup competition at Oslo, Norway he also showed clear podium potential for the winters to come.

    Steadily improving also in the following winter of 2014/15, Herola developed into a steady Top 20 candidate and finished the overall ranking as seventeenth. The Finn followed through in the winter of 2015/16, claiming the first Finnish podium result in five years with a third position in Lillehammer in December 2015. The following season turned Herola into a Top Ten athlete, finishing seventh in the overall World Cup. 

    In his free time, the self-proclaimed "sometimes pessimistic but enterprising" Herola loves music, especially playing the drums and meeting up with friends. He is also one third of the new Nordic Combined band consisting of Herola, Austria's Bernhard Gruber and Germany's Tino Edelmann. Herola and his bandmates played two very well-received gigs at the TRIPLE in Seefeld and the World Cup Finals in Schonach in 2016.

Latest World Cup Results

1761625.03.2018Gundersen NH HS106/15.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup8
1761524.03.2018Gundersen NH HS106/10.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup6
1760918.03.2018Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KKlingenthalGERWorld Cup10
1760817.03.2018Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KKlingenthalGERWorld Cup5
1760514.03.2018Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup12
1760413.03.2018Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup14
1760110.03.2018Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KOsloNORWorld Cup12
1759504.03.2018Gundersen LH HS130/10.0 KLahtiFINWorld Cup12
1756028.01.2018Gundersen NH HS109/15.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup13
1755927.01.2018Gundersen NH HS109/10.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup15
1755826.01.2018Gundersen NH HS109/5.0 KmSeefeldAUTWorld Cup22
1755220.01.2018Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup3
1754412.01.2018Gundersen LH HS135/10.0 KVal di FiemmeITAWorld Cup12
1751817.12.2017Gundersen NH HS96/10.0 KmRamsau am DachsteinAUTWorld Cup9
1751716.12.2017Gundersen NH HS96/10.0 KmRamsau am DachsteinAUTWorld Cup11
1750403.12.2017Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KLillehammerNORWorld Cup9
1749726.11.2017Gundersen LH HS142/10.0 KRukaFINWorld Cup13
1749625.11.2017Gundersen LH HS142/10.0 KRukaFINWorld Cup14
1749524.11.2017Gundersen LH HS142/5.0 KmRukaFINWorld Cup14

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