Lillehammer, the Olympic town of 1994, is located in Oppland county, Norway, about 200 km north of Oslo. It has a population of about 27.000 inhabitants and is well-known as a Winter sports destination. Since 1993, Lillehammer has quite regularly hosted the Nordic Combined World Cup.
The Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena was built for the Olympics in 1994, and has become a major landmark in Lillehammer. It consists of a HS 100 normal hill and a HS 138 large hill. The ski jumping stadium has a capacity for 35.000 spectators, of which 7.500 can be seated. Traditionally many training camps are held at this facility in the Olympic city of 1994, the venues sees 80.000 jumps in winter and 20.000 in summer.
The cross-country races have been held at Sjusjøen Skisenter during the past winters, which is located about 20 km east of Lillehammer. It opened up in 2003 and it famous for its cross-country tracks. Sjusjøen also offers 5 km of roller ski tracks for summer training. In the summer of 2013, the old Birkebeineren ski stadium close to downtown Lillehammer, also a 1994 Olympics venue, underwent major reconstruction and is now used to host the cross-country competitions of both Cross-Country and Nordic Combined athletes again and provide compact venues for all three disciplines.
Past winners & podiums
Media & Communications
Espen Andersen, Jan Schmid and Jørgen Graabak have swept the podium at their Norwegian home World Cup in Lillehammer. Andersen celebrated a dominant start to finish victory, cruising over the finish line 3.4 seconds ahead of Schmid in the end. Graabak beat Germany’s Johannes Rydzek in a sprint for rank three by 0.1 seconds.
In a fantastic finish to a tight race, Norway’s Jørgen Graabak sprinted his team to a home victory in Lillehammer. In a fight of strong finishers, the Olympic Champion out-sprinted Germany’s Fabian Rießle on the last metres. Jason Lamy Chappuis won a finish line sprint with Eero Hirvonen to capture the third rank for the French team.
After a period of sickness and a long recovery from a shoulder injury and surgery, Jarl Magnus Riiber has joined the World Cup again and he has done so with a victory.
Snow Controller Terje Lund of the Norwegian Ski Federation has confirmed the second World Cup weekend of the season 2017/18 in Lillehammer.
They follow the teams and create much of the sport's public image but no-one ever sees them: Florian Schwarz and Clemens Derganc are Press Attaches on the Nordic Combined World Cup tour. It's their job to connect the athletes to the media present and absent and to create buzz and stories around their team. BEHIND THE SCENES followed them on the competition weekend in Lillehammer and got deep insights into an invisible job.
Again, it was Eric Frenzel who perfected a glory weekend in Lillehammer by taking the third victory in as many days. He finished 10.8 seconds ahead of his team- and roommate Björn Kircheisen after the duo had demonstrated the perfect teamwork at the head of the field. Behind the two, Jørgen Graabak finished third (+23.4) and took the remaining spot on the podium.