With a population of about 180.000 people, Trondheim is the third biggest city in Norway and located in Sør-Trøndelag county. It was founded as early as 997 as a trading post and was the capital of Norway in the Viking Age until 1217 and it also famous for it's Nidaros cathedral.
The Nordic skiing venue in Trondheim is called Granåsen and World Cup and Continental Cup competitions have been hosted there quite regularly in the last years. Granåsen features a large HS 140 and a normal HS 105 hill and the stands can host up to 40.000 visitors. The first hill was inagurated in Graåsen in 1940 and since then, many reconstructions have taken place, the last one in 2008 when the large hill was transformed from HS 131 to HS 140. From 2013/14, the World Cup tours of ski jumping, ladies ski jumping and Nordic Combined stop in Trondheim. In 1997, Trondheim was awarded the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
It has been in December of 2008 when the last Nordic Combined athletes were able to call a win in Trondheim their own until today when Johannes Rydzek from Germany took the honours in the Individual Gundersen race set in the second Norwegian venue of the winter.
At the end of the season, Christoph Bieler is getting into a stable strong jumping shape. The Austrian veteran took today's PCR at World Cup returnee venue Trondheim with a great jump of 133.5 metres which gave him 130.1 points and the intermediate lead should the PCR have to be used in case of adverse weather conditions tomorrow. Overall World Cup winner Eric Frenzel also does not show any signs of fatigue and claimed a strong second rank by setting the longest jump of the day, 133.5 metres which gave him 128.6 points. Rank three went to local hero Haavard Klemetsen who jumped 132.5 metres (126.4 p.).
The World Cup season of 2013/14 is slowly taking the last turn leading into the home stretch and even with Germany's Eric Frenzel already having clinched the big crystal globe of the overall world Cup, the finale of this season promises to be thrilling. With three last stops in Scandinavia, the fight between Germany and Norway for the Nations Cup will be decided on one of the opponent's home turf. Only 27 points separate the teams before going in the last four competitions of the winter.
The winter season is almost there and while the the teams make the last preparations in various places all over the world, the OCs are also busy with getting everything in order for the time when the World's top Nordic Combined athletes will stop by in their venue.
Right after the Nordic Combined Triple, the next highlight will follow suit: the Olympic Games in Sochi. Part II of the extended season preview will take you to all stops of the later part of the winter!
With the Olympics in Sochi and the brand-new Nordic Combined Triple coming up, Nordic Combined is gearing up for one of its most exciting seasons ever. Race Director Lasse Ottesen sat down with us for the latest TUESDAY TALK to walk us through the most recent developments before the season kicks off in Kuusamo at the end of November.