Nordic Combined Grand Prix concludes: The summer of Johannes Rydzek
It has been a memorable summer for Germany’s Johannes Rydzek who turned the Nordic Combined Grand Prix 2014 into a personal triumph march by winning five out of five events. After claiming the initial Team Sprint win together with Eric Frenzel at the first stage in Oberwiesenthal (GER), the resident of Oberstdorf was unbeatable in the next four individual competitions and won the overall Grand Prix with a top score of 400 points.
On top of that, Rydzek broke a a few other records, such as winning at least one summer competition in his hometown of Oberstdorf the past five years in a row, and becoming the most successful athlete since the introduction of the Grand Prix with a total of 10 individual victories. The key to Rydzek’s stellar performance was a new-found strength on the jumping hill, which led to his first-ever jumping round victory in a Grand Prix event.
Rydzek’s teammates Eric Frenzel and Björn Kircheisen, who completed the overall podium on ranks two and three, added to the German strength: Between them, the team claimed eight out of ten podiums in the four individual races, leaving only room for Marjan Jelenko (SLO) in Villach (AUT) and Lukas Greiderer (AUT) in Oberstdorf to come away with two third places.
After a thrilling ten days of Grand Prix action, the countdown is now ticking for the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup to begin 12 weeks from now.