Seefeld is located in the Austrian state of Tyrol about 17 km northwest of Innsbruck. It is one of the most popular Tyrolean tourist destinations, in summer as well as in winter. It is surrounded by the Alps: the Wetterstein mountain range to the west and the Karwendel mountains to the east. Seefeld serves as an important centre for Nordic skiing. When Innsbruck hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, the Nordic events were held at Seefeld. It also was the host city for the 1985 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
The first jumping hill was built in Seefeld in 1931 and named after ski legend Anton Seelos in 1948. In 2010, the old hill was demolished and in its stead two modern hills were build: a HS75 and a HS109 facility. The first Nordic Combined World Cup was held in Seefeld as early as 1982 and was actually the first Individual Gundersen competition to take place. Seefeld has become a fixture on the Nordic Combined calendar each year with a huge popular interest in the stadium and also along the cross-country tracks.
In the season of 2013/14, Seefeld becomes the venue of the first-ever Nordic Combined Triple. Designed to be a new season highlight, the Triple features three competitions on three consecutive days: Day 1 sees a 1-jump, 5-kilometre Prologue, on Day 2 a 1-jump, 10-kilometre Individual Gundersen competition is on and the Finale Grande on Day 3 consists of two jumps and a 15-kilometre cross-country race. The athlete take their results with them from day to day and the first man to cross the finish line on Day 3 is the Triple winner and will receive double the amount of World Cup points and extra prize money.
Eric Frenzel made Nordic Combined history and added another big title to his growing collection of achievements. The German was uncontested in the traditional Nordic Combined event with two jumps and 15 kilometres of cross-country skiing.
The second day of the Nordic Combined TRIPLE in Seefeld is history and the competition couldn't be more exciting. Overall leader Eric Frenzel took today's win after one jump and 10 kilometres of cross-country skiing and crossed the finish line 26.4 seconds ahead of his closest adversary, teammate Johannes Rydzek who moved up on rank two in the TRIPLE ranking. The third rank went to Magnus Moan from Norway who finished 27.6 seconds after Frenzel.
Eric Frenzel won the first stage of the Nordic Combined TRIPLE in Seefeld. The German crossed the finish line first after one jump and five kilometres of cross-country racing. Magnus Moan from Norway finished 8.4 seconds behind him and claims an intermediate second rank in the TRIPLE overall. The third place after one third of the competitions went to Germany's Tino Edelmann who crossed the finish line 9.4seconds after the winner.
Haavard Klemetsen continues to shine on the jumping hill. The Norwegian won today's Provisional Competition Round preceding the TRIPLE in Seefeld with an amazing jump of 105 metres (127,4 p.), by far the longest jump of the day. Local hero Bernhard Gruber followed on rank two with 100,5 metres and 119,7 points. Young German Tobias Haug who continues his role as a regular in the leader board claimed the third position by showing 99 metres (119,4 p.)
A new event on the calendar always means new ideas and updates of the existing conventions in order to make the proceedings clearer and easier to understand.
Long months of meetings and planning are behind us and finally it's time for Nordic Combined's new highlight to emerge into the light of day: the Nordic Combined TRIPLE is on! One big challenge is waiting for the ultimate winter athletes: the best all-rounder is wanted in a three-day stage competition.