Haavard Klemetsen, Magnus Krog, Mikko Kokslien and Joergen Graabak won today's Nordic Combined team event at the Nordic Opening in Ruka. The Norwegian squad crossed the finish line a clear 30,7 seconds earlier than the team from Germany (Björn Kircheisen, Manuel Faisst, Johannes Rydzek and Eric Frenzel). The podium was completed by Team Japan, consisting of Taihei Kato, Yoshito Watabe, Hideaki Nagai and Akito Watabe.
World Champion and overall World Cup winner Eric Frenzel has stared where he left off last season and won the first race of the winter 2013/14. He finished 3,5 seconds ahead of Joergen Graabak, the third rank went to Graabak's teammate Magnus Krog (+6,9).
After the Summer Grand Prix introduced Russia's Evgeniy Klimov as Nordic Combined's new jumping senstation, it looks as if the 19-year-old is there to stay. Klimov won today's first PCR of the season quite clearly ahead of Norway's jumping specialist Haavard Klemetsen and Austria's Wilhelm Denifl.
The wait is over! From this weekend on it will be all about races, results, points and podiums again for the elite of the Nordic Combined athletes when their season starts in Kuusamo, Finland again.
As one of the last teams, the German Ski Federation has named their starters for the upcoming World Cup in Kuusamo.
After a lot of other teams already named their competitors for the first World Cup weekend in Kuusamo, the head coach Petter Kukkonen now also published his team for the upcoming days.