After a memorable World Championships in Falun, it was back to the World Cup for the Nordic disciplines, with Cross-Country, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping all descending on Lahti (FIN) for the annual Lahti Ski Games which this year celebrated its 90th edition.
In the FIS Cross-Country World Cup presented by Viessmann, Marjit Bjoergen (NOR) swept both events where she afterwards stated her goal to win all three crystal globes this season. On the men’s side, it was a new face on the top step of the podium in the 15 km, while Erik Brandsdal (NOR) took the sprint victory.
Team Germany continued its top form in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup presented by Viessmann as they earned top honours in the team sprint event. But it was Japan’s Akito Watabe who won the Individual Gundersen the previous day in conditions that suited the 26 year-old perfectly.
With his win in Lahti, Stefan Kraft (AUT) closed the gap to a mere seven points behind Petr Prevc (SLO) in the hunt for the crystal globe of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup presented by Viessmann. Meanwhile in the team competition, World Champion Norway continued its winning ways taking the victory in Lahti.
The first Audi FIS Ski World Cup crystal globe was secured in Kvitfjell (NOR) when hometown hero and this season’s Mr. Speed Kjetil Jansrud won the super-G race and season title. Hannes Reichelt (AUT) continued his post-World Championship podium streak, winning the downhill the previous day.
The ladies were in Garmisch Partenkirchen (GER) for a speed weekend and it was new face on the top of the podium as Tina Weirather (LIE) earned her first season win in the downhill. Lindsey Vonn earned a narrow win in the super-G and now sits with a mere eight-point lead in the hunt for the crystal globe.
Finally, in Snowboard, Claudia Riegler (AUT) and Justin Reiter (USA) won the exciting parallel slalom events in a memorable setting atop scaffolding set up in the streets of Moscow, Russia.