Ski Team

Lasse Ottesen joins the 2011 World Ski Championships

Lasse Ottesen, the former Norwegian national team ski jumper, becomes the Assistant Director of Sports at the 2011 WSC. Lasse Ottesen and Espen Bjervig, the Director of Sports, will work together to make sure that the best possible sporting conditions are in place. They will also assist the race directors and offer services to the ski teams.

Ottesen is well aware of the requirements and needs of the athletes and the coaches. His long career within ski jumping includes an Olympic silver medal in 1994 for the normal hill event. He also broke the world record at Planicia in 1997 (with 212 metres) and finished within the top three in the world cup a total of eight times.

After he retired, he was the manager for the American Nordic combination team for three years. During the last year Ottesen has been the assistant coach for the Norwegian national ski jumping team.
A sports team with experience
“With Lasse in the team our competence within sport is strengthened and especially within the areas of ski jumping and Nordic combination. I think that we are well prepared when it comes to organising an excellent and smooth WSC event, where the athletes feel that everything has been put into place for them”, says Bjervig, Director of Sports at the 2011 WSC.
Ottesen will work closely with Espen Bjervig and the three race directors at the 2011 WSC. The race directors are Arne Olaf Sween for the Nordic combination event, Bente Skari for cross-country skiing and Torgeir Nordby for ski jumping.
“Incredibly exciting”
Ottesen is delighted to be part of the team organising the 2011 World Ski Championships.
“To be given the opportunity to influence and manage a skiing championships event in Norway, is something I consider incredibly exciting and challenging. I feel privileged to have been given this chance. It will probably be many years before Oslo hosts another skiing championships”, says Ottesen.