The next step in the development of the FIS Nordic Combined Youth system and Ladies Nordic Combined in particular is taken. On the 11. and 12th of March, 2015, the Norwegian venue of Trondheim will host the first-ever FIS Youth Cup in winter which will also feature two international Ladies Nordic Combined competitions as its counterpart in the summer in Oberstdorf did.
Only five days to go until the first competition of the 2014/15 winter and then the Nordic Combined athletes will be back to battling out who the toughest man on skis, who the ultimate winter athlete is. Two big season highlights are waiting for all participants, promising close fights and radiant winners: the second edition of the Nordic Combined TRIPLE in Seefeld and the World Championships in Falun.
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.