Lahti, which is located about 100 kilometres north of Helsinki, is the capital of Finland's Paijänne Tavastia region. The town with about 100.000 inhabitants has a long tradition in winter sports to look back on to. The Lahti Ski Games, for which Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined and Cross-Country athletes come together, were held for the first time in 1923 and while they of course changed over time, they were still held almost every year since then.
As early as 1938, over 100.000 spectators came to Lahti, a center of nordic sports with its facility with three hills and the big cross country stadium. The ski museum which is located directly in the stadium informs the visitors about the history of the Lahti Ski Games with many original items. Lahti also was the host city of two FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in 1989 and 2001 and will host the championships again in 2017.
The Nordic Combined athletes usually compete on the HS 130 large hill located on the left side of the ski jumping stadium, next to the two smaller hills. The cross-country tracks wind around both sides of the venue and up the jumping hill while the start and finish area is at the bottom of the hill in the ski stadium with the grandstand. There is space for 30.000 spectators in the ski stadium stands, 7 700 separate seats, main stands mainly covered and heated. The Ski Jumping stadium is situated right beside the cross-country stadium with maximum capacity of 40.000 spectators.
The Salpausselkä network of competition courses consist of 11 World Cup level courses of different lenghts. Over the past few years, cross-country courses have gone through some significant improvements. Competitions are easier to follow, because courses are very near to the stadium. Competitions are easy to follow at the stadium and along the tracks. Latest development is that one of the tracks goes over the cross country service building.
Competition venue offers great facilities to serve the needs of hospitality, entertainment and other spectator services. Plenty of alternative solutions are available for spectator services. Restaurant Voitto offers VIP services right beside ski jumping hills. The Lahti Hall also offers VIP services and other additional events (etc. concerts). There is also programme tent for 1500 spectators and VIP tent for 700 quests at the venue.
Past winners & podiums
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Quadruple Lahti gold medallist Johannes Rydzek continued his winning spree at the Finnish venue and took the victory in the individual event. His young team- and clubmate Vinzenz Geiger claimed the third podium of his career with the second place, finishing 3.4 seconds after Rydzek. Jørgen Graabak beat out Eero Hirvonen for the third place, +4.5 seconds after Rydzek.
A superb sprint effort from Berni Gruber and "rocket skis" helped the Austrian veterans Gruber and Denifl to climb to the top spot of the podium in Lahti.
While the Olympics are not quite over, the focus already shifts back to the next Nordic Combined World Cup events in Lahti. Snow Controller Tami Kiuru sent a positive report about the snow conditions, so that the competitions will go ahead as planned.
Germany’s Manuel Faißt has taken the victory in the Provisional Competition Round / Qualification taking place on the HS 134 Holmenkollen large hill in Oslo.
The duo of Eric Frenzel and Johannes Rydzek proved to be unbeatable again - completing the gold medal sweep of the German Nordic Combined team in Lahti. But this competition was won in an intense fight only. In the end, it was one second that separated Rydzek and gold from Norway’s Magnus Krog and silver. Akito and Yoshito Watabe took the bronze medal for Japan, +10.2 seconds behind the winners.
Johannes Rydzek is surfing on the wave of success and he shows no signs of stopping.The German won his third Lahti 2017 gold medal today by claiming the victory also in the second individual event. Rydzek finished 4.8 seconds ahead of Japanese Akito Watabe, who finally wins his first World Championship medal. The bronze went to Francois Braud from France. He finished 13 seconds behind Rydzek.