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.
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Only five days to go until the first competition of the 2014/15 winter and then the Nordic Combined athletes will be back to battling out who the toughest man on skis, who the ultimate winter athlete is. Two big season highlights are waiting for all participants, promising close fights and radiant winners: the second edition of the Nordic Combined TRIPLE in Seefeld and the World Championships in Falun.
Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships will be opened in 1000 days. A new look and professional organization are currently being built together with a concept attracting the target of nearly half a million spectators to the event. The new look of the event will be published in August. Lahti World Championships shake up the traditional concept of a sporting event. The Organizing Committee and the Secretary General have set high financial goals for the event. The project has a budget of EUR 15-20 million.
With the season 2013/14 nearing its end, the last Team Sprint of the winter was on schedule in Lahti today and the victory was snagged by Team Norway I. Håvard Klemetsen and Jørgen Graabak were best after their two jumps and two times 7.5 kilometres of cross-country skiing and crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Team Germany I (Frenzel/Rydzek). The last remaining spot on the podium was taken up by Francois Braud and Sebastian Lacroix from France. They finished 24.4 seconds after the winners.
In a showcase of German strength, Johannes Rydzek has taken the top spot on the podium of today's Individual Gundersen competition in Lahti today. He crossed the finish line 7 seconds ahead of his closest adversary, Akito Watabe from Japan. Rank three went to Germany's Eric Frenzel who finished 20.6 seconds after the winner in a thrilling sprint for the finish line with his teammate Tino Edelmann who was just a fraction of a second behind. With this result, Frenzel also took his second consecutive overall World Cup win. With 913 points, runner-up Akito Watabe cannot catch up anymore with a current point standing of 581 points.
After his home Olympics, Russia's Evgeniy Klimov has not lost anything of his star power in the jumping part and won today's PCR in Lahti. With a strong jump of 123 metres and 118.3 points, he topped the results list ahead of Olympic Champion Eric Frenzel (115.5 p.) and Austria's Christoph Bieler (112.5 p.).
After the Olympics is before the Lahti Ski Games and now it is back to World Cup business for all Olympic athletes and also some of those who had to stay home in the past three weeks.