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.
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One of the most anticipated days on the FIS Freestyle calendar came to pass on Saturday with the first competition of the 2017/18 moguls World Cup season taking to the slopes of Ruka (FIN), where Britteny Cox (AUS) easily repeated her winning ways on the course where she scored the first victory of her career last season, and Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) made some more history with his eighth-straight victory (dating back to last season).
We’re just days away from one of the most eagerly anticipated weekends on the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup calendar, with the first competition of the 2017/18 moguls World Cup season set to get underway on Saturday at Finland’s Ruka ski resort. Qualification and finals in Ruka goes down on Saturday, 9 Decemeber, beginning at 10:55 local time.
The German team around Johannes Rydzek and Eric Frenzel fought back and took a double victory in the third competition of the Ruka Tour. Rydzek crossed the finish line first, beating his teammate by 0.6 seconds. Eero Hirvonen delighted the crowd with another podium result, 1,9 seconds behind Rydzek.
Even though still fighting with pain from a training accident, Japan’s Akito Watabe has won the second day of the Ruka Tour and taken over the lead in the overall standings. He skied a strong race and was never in any danger from a bigger pursuing group, finishing 31.7 seconds ahead of local hero Eero Hirvonen. The Finn delighted the crowd and was the strongest in a fight for the remaining podium positions, beating out Johannes Rydzek by 1.1 second.
Espen Andersen has taken the first victory of the season and is leading in the Ruka Tour ranking after Day 1. He finished 7.7 seconds ahead of teammate Jan Schmid, who gave himself a present on his birthday. Akito Watabe from Japan captured rank three.
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.