Norway's capital Oslo is one of the most traditional places for winter sports you can find. With a population of about 600.000, Oslo and its winter sports arena in Holmenkollen have been the setting for a great number of ski events, the latest major one being the 2011 FIS Nordic World Championships. As the country's main biathlon and Nordic skiing venue, it also hosts annual World Cup tournaments of the ski jumpers, cross-country skiers and of course of the Nordic Combined athletes. The Holmenkollen Ski Festival is traditinonally held in March and has been taking place every year since 1892. Oslo has been the host city of the FIS Nordic World Championships in 1930, 1966, 1982 and 2011 and also been Olympic host city in 1952.
Oslo offers two main hills, the HS 134 large hill in Holmenkollen and the HS 106 Midstubakken. The Holmenkollbakken has been rebuilt 19 times, for example with a stone take-off in 1910, an in-run superstructure in 1914 and a new superstructure in 1928. Between 2008 and 2010 the old hill was completely demolished and rebuild with a construction by Julien de Smedt. This included the construction of a new ski stadium next to Holmenkollbakken and Midstubakken and upgrades to the Holmenkollen tram line. The cross-country races take place directly next to the Holmenkollbakken which offers a beautiful backdrop for the skiers and spectators.
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Akito Watabe claimed a victory at Holmenkollen today and got to meet King Harald V one more time to collect his fourth King’s Cup. Watabe skied superbly and finished a clear 15.5 seconds ahead of Germany’s Fabian Rießle. Mario Seidl out-sprinted Watabe’s pursuer in the overall, Jan Schmid, for the third rank and finished 20.3 seconds after Watabe.
Japan's Akito Watabe is the first athlete to beat the German top stars in an individual event this winter and with this victory, the Lahti2017 silver medallist claimed his ninth World Cup win and third triumph in Oslo. As at the past two times, he received the coveted King’s Cup out of King Harald of Norway’s hands.
With the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Lahti behind us, it is back to World Cup business and with only four Individual Gundersen events to go, things are heating up in the fight for the overall victory.
The snow control for the two last World Cups on Norwegian soil in the season of 2016/17 was positive. All hills are in good shape and also with extra snow storage in case of bad weather. The weather report for the next 10 days shows stable cold weather, snow controller Terje Lund reports.
A competition day on the Nordic Combined World Cup is a long affair and there's always something to do. The French team takes us with them for one day behind the scenes of the Nordic Combined competition at Holmenkollen, Oslo.
Re-live Jarl Riibers big moment of triumph at his home venue of Holmenkollen last Saturday in a brand-new edition of Après-Ski Monday.