Eric Frenzel claimed the victory in the last Individual Gundersen competition before the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. He beat Norway's Jan Schmid after a sprint for the finish line by 0.5 seconds. They were joined on the podium by Akito Watabe (JPN) who was back on top after an influenza and finished 4.6 seconds afte Frenzel.
Team Germany has handed in a very good application for a Sochi team medal by winning the last team event before the season highlight in front of their home crowd in Oberstdorf today. Eric Frenzel skied the victory into the finish on the last leg of the race, crossing the finish line 1.3 seconds before Jason Lamy Chappuis from the second-placed team of France. Team Austria claimed the third and remaining podium rank.
The last competition weekend before the Olympic Games in Sochi is now officially opened and the first to write down his name in the winner's list is Japan's Yoshito Watabe. With a strong jump of 132.5 metres he accumulated 135 points and took the win ahead of Austria's Wilhelm Denilf (130 m; 133 p.). The third rank went to Christoph Bieler who jumped 130.5 metres (132.4 m).
When the Nordic Combined World Cup will hit the German venue of Oberstdorf for one more Individual Gundersen and a Team Event, it will not be only a regular World Cup weekend. For many of the participants, high stakes are riding on these competitions, as the last tickets to Sochi are battled out.
Right after the Nordic Combined Triple, the next highlight will follow suit: the Olympic Games in Sochi. Part II of the extended season preview will take you to all stops of the later part of the winter!