Difficult Continental Cup season is soon over

20 March 2014 11:48
Paul Goalabre (FRA) wins OPA Cup 2013/14
Paul Goalabre (FRA) wins OPA Cup 2013/14 -

A mild winter and difficult snow conditions created a lot of trouble for the Cross-Country Continental Cup organizers. Many competitions had to be rescheduled, moved to other venues or even cancelled. Here is an overview of the of the COC standings for the 2013/14 season. Winners of different COC series will be entitled to start in the 1st World Cup period of the new 2014/15 season.

The OPA Cup was concluded in Valdidentro (ITA) after a series consisting of seven venues in seven countries. This season was a great success for the Italian skiers who swept the top three ladies overall. Fransecsa Baudin won the overall standing with 948 points ahead of Sara Pellegrini and Giulia Stürz. The men’s final standing was dominated by France, Italy and Germany as Paul Goalabre (FRA) secured the OPA title, Francesco De Fabiani (ITA) finishing in second and And Kuehne (GER) taking third.

Similar to the FIS Cross-Country World Cup, this season’s Scandinavian Cup was dominated by Norwegian skiers, who conquered the complete podium both on the ladies’ and men’s sides. Kathrine Rolsted Harsem led the Norwegian ladies ahead of Martine Ek Hagen and Marthe Kristoffersen. The men’s victory went to Simen Haakon Oestensen, Daniel Myrmael Helgestad finished second and Emil Iversen, third.

The US SuperTour is currently still underway with U.S. nationals taking place in Kincaid Park, Alaska from 22nd – 28th March. Four competitions are on the schedule, out of which two count in the US Super Tour, 10 km free ladies (15 km free men) and sprint classic ladies/men.

Nor/Am Cup series is still under way together with the Canadian Nationals in Corner Brook Newfoundland, 4 competitions still count in the cup. Overall standings will be published after the last competition.

The Far East Cup 2013/14 featured three venues this season at the Alpensia Resort (KOR), Otoineppu and Sapporo (both JPN).

On the ladies’ side, Yuki Kobayashi claimed the overall Cup victory with 640 points. Chisa Obayashi defended second place from last year as Sukari Tanaki took third with 395 points. Among the men, Kohei Shimizu was the strongest competitor and won the series with 618 points. Nobuhito Kashiwabara picked up 490 points and took second place with Akira Lenting rounded out a hat-trick with three 3rd places in the last three years.

This year’s Balkan Cup saw only one competition as in Mavrovo (MKD) as all other events were cancelled due to lack of snow. Bulgaria’s Andrey Gridin won the men’s series ahead of two Croatians Edi Dadic and Milanko Petrovic. Bulgaria’s Antoniya Grigorova-Burgova  took first on the ladies side ahead of compatriot Teodora Malcheva and Croatia’s Vedrana Malec.

In the Eastern Europe Cup World Cup skier Natalia Korostelava won the series, Alisa Zhambalova was second and Yulia Belorukova third. Sergey Turyshev claimed the overall victory with 424 points ahead of Alexander Utin in second whilst  Nikolay Khokhryakov took third place.

Slavic Cup  standings will be published shortly.