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.