Schonach is located in the Black Forest region in Germany's south east. The town with about 4.000 inhabitants is well-known as a health resort and as a winter sports centre. Schonach is also a very traditional venue for Nordic Combined competitions. The "Black Forest Cup" has been held for almost 50 years now and Schonach is a regular sight in the Nordic Combined calendars. It has also been the appointed venue of the Junior World Championships in 1981 and 2002.
The "Langenwald-Hill" in Schonach was built as early as 1924 and reconstructed several times over the years. It was modernized for 2.25 million Euro and, after a construction time of about half a year, was officially opened in 2011 right before the World Cup. The HS 106 facility is now called the "normal hill with the most modern profile in Europe" and should meet the current requirements of the jumpers due to a longer table and a lower flying curve. There were also changes made concerning the cross country track. The course winding through the fields and pastures in Wittenbachtal was modified and "it should be even tougher", said the chairman of the organizing ski club SC Schonach, Gunter Schuster.
Past winners & podiums
Media & Communications
The Nordic Combined World Cup Finals 2018 will be German finals again but in contrast to the past season, the athletes will spend two competition weekends in a row in middle-Europe, giving the German team around superstar Eric Frenzel one more home World Cup.
A phenomenal night, beginning with the Nordic Combined Awards and concluding with the Final Party, ended the winter season 2016/17 for the Nordic Combined athletes, team staff and officials.
Once more, Nordic Combined superstar Eric Frenzel has made history. He won the last event of the season, making it a double victory in Schonach, and also his fifth consecutive overall. In the end Frenzel beat rival Rydzek by 125 points. Francois finished second in the event, +7.7 seconds after Frenzel, Japanese Akito Watabe was third (+11.2). With this result, he also captured rank three in the overall from Fabian Rießle with 1086 over 1069 points.
Eric Frenzel has decided the second-but-last World Cup of the season in his favour. In a dramatic finish that had rival Johannes crashing going into the final stretch, Frenzel took the win and 100 World Cup points to now lead with a margin of 54 points. Austrian Willi Denifl profited of Rydzek’s crash and claimed position two, +3.4 seconds after Frenzel. Rydzek reached the finish line 7.1 seconds after Frenzel.
Japan’s Akito Watabe has taken the top spot in Schonach’s Provisional Competition Round/Qualification. With 105 metres, Watabe offered the same distance as runner-up Eric Frenzel but received 127.5 points due to a better landing than the German superstar. On the track, it would be only three seconds that separated Watabe from Frenzel.
The last snow control of the season was positive. In spite of the warm temperatures and lack of natural snow in Schonach, the organisers were able to prepare the hill and a cross-country track, so that the World Cup finals 2016/17 can be held in the Schwarzwald and that the traditional “Schwarzwaldpokal” will also have an edition in this season.