Nordic Combined superstar Eric Frenzel grabbed victory in the second Individual Gundersen competition in Lillehammer today. The German finished a whopping 52 seconds ahead of Magnus Krog (NOR). They were joined on the podium by Akito Watabe (JPN) who crossed the finish line 52,6 seconds after Frenzel.
And the first win in Lillehammer goes to… Jason Lamy Chappuis. The Frenchman crossed the finish line 13,5 seconds ahead of Akito Watabe from Japan. The podium was completed by local hero Mikko Kokslien from Norway who finished 18,3 seconds after Lamy Chappuis.
After an impressive show of Norwegian strength at the Nordic Opening in Kuusamo, there can hardly be a more interesting place the Nordic Combined World Cup could go to on this upcoming weekend than Lillehammer. The traditional venue of the famed 1994 Olympics will wait with two Individual Gundersen competitions, a new cross-country venue and a brand-new concept.
Only one week to go until the season opening 2013/14 and the snow on location will most probably not be a problem. Today, the FIS snow control gave the green light for the competitions, both on the hill and on the cross-country track.
Although the winter was well on its way a couple of days ago, autumn apparently isn't quite ready to let go for this year as the Norwegian, French and Austrian team who had picked Lillehammer as their training/competition venue had to see. Due to the warm temperatures of the last couple of days, jumping on snow on Lysgårdsbakken was not possible, so a change of plans was due.
The wait is almost over! The season 2013/14 is about to explode into action and we can almost see the hustle and bustle of officials, service people, physiotherapists, journalists, coaches and athletes again who just have one question they would like to answer: who is this year's ultimate winter athlete? But let's take the time, lean back and have a look at every single venue of this extended season preview 2013/14.