The competitions are held at Ruka, one of the biggest ski resorts of the country, close to the town of Kuusamo. Kuusamo is a city in Northern Finland with about 16.000 inhabitants.The nearest large towns are Rovaniemi (about 192 kilometres to the northwest) and Oulu (215 kilometres southwest). Ruka is the northernmost Nordic Combined World Cup being located close to the Artic cirlce. Traditionally a location where Nordic Combined athletes, ski jumpers and cross country skiers meet for their first competitions of the winter, Ruka is known among the spectators for the arctic climate, icy temperatures and often also changing winds.
Ruka offers excellent sporting facilities. The HS 142 "Rukatunturi" jumping hill is located very closely to the village of Ruka. The hill was constructed in 1964 and held the title of "biggest large hill in the world" until the Mühlenkopfschanze in Willingen was modernized in 2003. The Rukatunturi hill saw its last overhauling in 1996 when floodlights were installed which are now frequently used for night time competitions. An ice inrun track and equipment with plastic mats enabled jumping also in the summertime.
The cross-country tracks, which are also used by the Cross-Country World Cup, lead right through the ski stadium at the foot of the jumping hill before winding along Ruka's many lakes and coming back into the stadium. The demanding track often has to be skied in extremely cold temperatures and makes Ruka into a challenging start into the season.
Past winners & podiums
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Second win in the second competition of the Ruka weekend for Johannes Rydzek. The overall World Cup leader scored his second 100 points by finishing 14.7 seconds ahead of Austrian veteran Willi Denifl. Akito Watabe captured rank three in a finish sprint fight against Austria’s Mario Seidl.
The first name in the 2016/17 winner’s list in Nordic Combined is Johannes Rydzek. The 24-year-old captured the victory by 34.1 seconds over runner-up Eric Frenzel. The podium was completed by Jørgen Graabak from Norway who finished 45.6 seconds later.
Japan's Takehiro Watanabe has taken the first ski jumping victory of the season.
It’s Nordic Opening time again! Finally the long months or waiting come to a close and the stars of the Nordic Combined World Cup will go on the hunt for victories, World Cup points, TRIPLE wins and this year also for World Champion titles at Lahti 2017. First up, though, is Ruka, the traditional place of the Nordic Opening, bringing together the Nordic family of Cross-country Skiing, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping for a packed weekend of competitions.
The German team will start at the World Cup Opening in Ruka with the following athletes:
The French Ski Association has nominated the following four starters for the first competition weekend in Ruka: