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 just 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 and by the next winter season, he also saw his first World Championships at Val di Fiemme, Italy.
In the winter of 2013/14, he again won silver at the Junior World Championships at the same venue but Herola, who lives in Siilinjärvi, Finland and starts for the ski club of Puijon Hiihtoseura and 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 Olso, Norway he also showed clear podium potential for the winters to come.
In his free time, the self-proclaimed "sometimes pessimistic but enterprising" Herola loves mucis, especially playing the drums and meeting up with friends