Johannes RYDZEK

a.k.a. Ritschi

Johannes RYDZEK

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Languages: German, English
Birth place: Oberstdorf
Residence: Oberstdorf
Skis: Fischer
Boots: Fischer
Occupation: Student (industrial engineering)
Education: A level
Hobbies: Mountaineering - climbing - mountainbiking - skitouring - cinema - meeting friends
Ski Club: SC 1906 Oberstdorf
National Coach: Hermann Weinbuch
Personal Coach: Thomas Mueller
Othersports: Skiing
  • 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 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 demands.

    Going home 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 also became famous for his always spectacular performances in the Summer Grand Prix. In the past six 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, 2014 and 2015.

    Rydzek's big breakthrough into the absolute 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 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.

    In the following winter, Rydzek struggled with his performances for a long time always either having great jumps coupled with a weaker race or the other way round. Only when Nordic Combined returned to Kuopio after a long absence in the Finnish venue, Rydzek capitalized on a strong performance on the jumping hilll and the track and took his only victory that season. He still ended on the fifth place in the overall rankings.

    In his leisure time, Johannes likes everthing ski-related, be it alpine, telemark or ski tours, as well as exploring the mountains around his hometown of Oberstdorf, Germany.


Latest World Cup Results

1686706.03.2016Gundersen NH HS106/15.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup6
1686605.03.2016Gundersen NH HS106/10.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup6
1685927.02.2016Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KVal di FiemmeITAWorld Cup11
1685523.02.2016Gundersen LH HS127/10.0 KKuopioFINWorld Cup1
1685321.02.2016Gundersen LH HS130/10.0 KLahtiFINWorld Cup4
1685119.02.2016Gundersen LH HS130/10.0 KLahtiFINWorld Cup5
1684210.02.2016Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup10
1684109.02.2016Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup5
1683806.02.2016Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KOsloNORWorld Cup12
1683231.01.2016Gundersen NH HS109/10.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup6
1683130.01.2016Gundersen NH HS109/10.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup7
1683029.01.2016Gundersen NH HS109/5.0 KmSeefeldAUTWorld Cup4
1682524.01.2016Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup6
1682423.01.2016Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup4
1679020.12.2015Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 KmRamsau am DachsteinAUTWorld Cup8
1678919.12.2015Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 KmRamsau am DachsteinAUTWorld Cup19
1677606.12.2015Gundersen LH HS100/10.0 KLillehammerNORWorld Cup11
1677505.12.2015Gundersen LH HS138/10,0 KLillehammerNORWorld Cup19

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