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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 again won silver at the Junior World Championships at the same venue.

    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 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.

    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 i 2016.

Latest World Cup Results

1686706.03.2016Gundersen NH HS106/15.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup7
1686605.03.2016Gundersen NH HS106/10.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup12
1685927.02.2016Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KVal di FiemmeITAWorld Cup17
1685523.02.2016Gundersen LH HS127/10.0 KKuopioFINWorld Cup6
1685321.02.2016Gundersen LH HS130/10.0 KLahtiFINWorld Cup6
1685119.02.2016Gundersen LH HS130/10.0 KLahtiFINWorld Cup8
1684210.02.2016Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup4
1684109.02.2016Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup15
1683806.02.2016Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KOsloNORWorld Cup8
1683231.01.2016Gundersen NH HS109/10.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup18
1683130.01.2016Gundersen NH HS109/10.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup21
1683029.01.2016Gundersen NH HS109/5.0 KmSeefeldAUTWorld Cup14
1682524.01.2016Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup10
1682423.01.2016Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup17
1679020.12.2015Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 KmRamsau am DachsteinAUTWorld Cup30
1678919.12.2015Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 KmRamsau am DachsteinAUTWorld Cup8
1677606.12.2015Gundersen LH HS100/10.0 KLillehammerNORWorld Cup14
1677505.12.2015Gundersen LH HS138/10,0 KLillehammerNORWorld Cup3

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