FIS Cross-Country World Cup kicks of in Kuusamo

26 November 2013 14:34
Kuusamo by night
Kuusamo by night -

Already for the fourth time, a stage competition entitled ‘Ruka Triple’ will take place in Kuusamo as part of the traditional Nordic Opening where Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined and Cross-Country Skiing meet for the first time this season.

10 World Cup level competitions are to be held on the weekend from 29th November to 1st December, 2013. More than 25,000 spectators are expected to visit the Nordic arena at Ruka to follow almost 400 athletes from 30 nations.

Top athletes at the start

Most of the top athletes are going to start in Kuusamo after successful FIS competitions across Scandinavia. You can read a detailed report HERE. Of the big names, Dario Cologna has been forced to forget about the Season Opening due to an injury he suffered a few weeks ago that required surgery. Both FIS Cross-Country World Cup winners from the last year, Justyna Kowalczyk and Petter Northug are expected to be at the start on Friday as well as Marit Bjoergen, rising star Heidi Weng or Kazakhstan’s Alexey Poltoranin.

Ruka is getting ready

Ruka is getting ready for the World Cup opening for Cross Country and Nordic Combined and for two Ski Jumping events as well. The nature is at its best with 40 cm snow cover. "We have enough snow for the Cross Country tracks already and the weather forecast is very good for the upcoming weekend. The temperatures should stay below zero and hopefully we will get some sun at the end of the week,” reported the General Secretary of Ruka Nordic Opening, Seppo Linjakumpu.

"Building up for the event venue is on schedule. By Tuesday or Wednesday the Stadium will be ready for action. Some teams are already here for training,” continued Linjakumpu.

Packed competition program

The Cross-Country Skiing show starts on Friday 29th November with classical sprints. Saturday will feature 5 km classic ladies and 10 km classic men. The stage-competition Ruka Triple will conclude on Sunday, 1st December with 10 km free technique pursuit ladies and 15 km free technique pursuit men.

Reduced number of bonus seconds

There will be bonus seconds awarded only after the classical sprint stage on Friday. New from last season, the number of bonus seconds distributed in the sprint competitions during the short stage events was reduced. The winner of the sprint stage in Kuusamo will get 30 seconds, the runner up receives 27 seconds, and third place place gets 24 seconds. See the detailed distribution in the World Cup rules HERE.

Bonus seconds awarded in Kuusamo will also count in the second edition of the BMW xDrive Trophy.

World Cup Points and Prize Money

The winner of the Ruka Triple will score 200 World Cup points, whilst a stage win nets a reward of 50 World Cup points.

240,000 CHF of prize money in total (men and ladies together) is waiting for the athletes as the winners will earn 90,000 CHF each for the overall victory.

Spectators and media

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup started last weekend in Klingentghal (GER), but this upcoming weekend the three Nordic disciplines will meet for the first time this season. The first common meeting point is also interesting for the media, both Finnish and international. “As of today we have accredited 122 media representatives, 10 TV stations and five radio channels. We expect more media to register in the last days before the World Cup,” Chief of Media at Ruka Soili Hirvonen revealed.

Winners 2012

 Ladies  Men
 1.  Marit Bjørgen NOR   1. Petter Northug jr.  NOR 
 2.  Justyna Kowalczyk POL   2.  Maxim Vylegzhanin RUS 
 3.  Heidi Weng   NOR  3.   Alexey Poltoranin KAZ 

Competition Schedule 2013

Stage # and Date   Competition  Distance Technique   Start Bonus Seconds   Starting Time
 Stage 1, Friday, November 2  Sprint  1.4 km Ladies
1.4 km Men
 Classic Individual/Heat   For the athletes in the finals: 30'', 27'', 24’’ etc.  12:30 CET
 Stage 2, Saturday November 30  Interval  5 km Ladies
10 km Men
 Classic  Individual  

10:00 CET

11:30 CET


 Stage 3, Sunday December 1  Pursuit  10 km Ladies
15 km Men
 Free Handicap     

10:30 CET

12:15 CET