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Languages: English, Swedish
Birth place: Siilinjaervi
Residence: Kuopio
Skis: Fischer
Boots: 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

1724519.03.2017Gundersen LH HS106/10.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup5
1724418.03.2017Gundersen LH HS106/10.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup29
1724115.03.2017Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup8
1723711.03.2017Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KOsloNORWorld Cup31
1720305.02.2017Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KPyeongChangKORWorld Cup9
1720204.02.2017Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KPyeongChangKORWorld Cup13
1719629.01.2017Gundersen NH HS109/15.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup8
1719528.01.2017Gundersen NH HS109/10.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup9
1719427.01.2017Gundersen NH HS109/5.0 KmSeefeldAUTWorld Cup8
1718922.01.2017Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup12
1718821.01.2017Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup12
1718215.01.2017Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KVal di FiemmeITAWorld Cup12
1718013.01.2017Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KVal di FiemmeITAWorld Cup6
1717508.01.2017Gundersen LH HS130/10.0 KLahtiFINWorld Cup8
1717407.01.2017Gundersen LH HS130/10.0 KLahtiFINWorld Cup9
1715418.12.2016Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 KmRamsauAUTWorld Cup11
1715317.12.2016Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 KmRamsauAUTWorld Cup12
1714004.12.2016Gundersen LH HS138/10.0 KLillehammerNORWorld Cup14
1713327.11.2016Gundersen LH HS142/10.0 KRukaFINWorld Cup16
1713226.11.2016Gundersen LH HS142/10.0 KRukaFINWorld Cup25

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