Johannes Rydzek discovered his passion for Nordic sports already at a young age. "I always went cross-country skiing with my parents. My dad was also a volunteer at the 4-Hills-Tournament and that was also a reason why I always wanted to jump". The time came time shortly before his fifth birthday. As a child, he first started ski jumping and cross-country skiing seperately of each other but Johannes, who gave his World Cup debut in Kuusamo in 2008, was quickly fascinated by the combination of speed and endurance which Nordic Combined has to offer.
Coming away with three silver medals from World Championships in Oslo in 2011 and a bronze and a silver medal from Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, the by then 22-year-old already knew how success tasted but was truly famous for his always spectacular performances in the Summer Grand Prix. In the past five years, he has always been able to win at least one competition in front of his home crowd, crowning his success with the win of the overall SGP ranking in 2010 and 2014.
Rydzek's big breakthrough into the world elite came in the season 2014/15. The World Championships in Falun, Sweden turned into "Rydzek-Games" with the 23-year-old climbing every single one of the four podiums, coming away with a full medal set of two golds, one silver and one bronze, among these his first big individual title, the gold medal in the normal hill Gundersen event. He topped off his season with the third place in the overall World Cup ranking.
|1683029.01.2016||Gundersen NH HS109/5.0 Km||Seefeld||AUT||World Cup||4|
|1682524.01.2016||Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 K||Chaux-Neuve||FRA||World Cup||6|
|1682423.01.2016||Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 K||Chaux-Neuve||FRA||World Cup||4|
|1679020.12.2015||Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 Km||Ramsau am Dachstein||AUT||World Cup||8|
|1678919.12.2015||Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 Km||Ramsau am Dachstein||AUT||World Cup||19|
|1677606.12.2015||Gundersen LH HS100/10.0 K||Lillehammer||NOR||World Cup||11|
|1677505.12.2015||Gundersen LH HS138/10,0 K||Lillehammer||NOR||World Cup||19|