Johannes Rydzek, who was jumping for the first time shortly before his fifth birthday, 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 "Junior-Athlete of the Year 2011" remembers. As a child, he first started ski jumping and cross-country skiing seperately of each other. Johannes, who gave his World Cup debut in Kuusamo in 2008, is fascinated by the combination of speed and endurance which Nordic Combined has to offer.
Already at a young age, he can look back on some successes in his career and won three silver medals at World Championships and a bronze and a silver medal at Olympic Games so far. The resident of Oberstdorf, Germany, has another great achievement in his list of merits concerning the Summer Grand Prixs. In the past four 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 2011. With four total World Cup victories, three in the past winter season of 2013/14, the young German has really upped the ante and was hot on the heels of teammate Eric Frenzel, taking the second place in the overall World Cup ranking.