Calendars confirmed - Nordic Combined returns to Japan
With the 2014 FIS Congress in Barcelona, the final World and Continental Cup calendars for the season of 2014/15 have been confirmed. And while the basics of course stayed the same, there were two open spots in the preliminary World Cup calendar from April which have been filled by now.
In the first period, three traditional competitions in Scandinavia are waiting for the Nordic Combined athletes with Kuusamo reverting to the resort name of Ruka where the Nordic Opening actually takes place to be listed in the World Cup calendar. After this traditional opening weekend, all three disciplines will then head to Lillehammer, Norway before Nordic Combined goes its own ways and returns to Ramsau am Dachstein the weekend before Christmas.
Second edition of the TRIPLE
In early 2015, it is tradition pure with the two venues of Schonach, Germany and the spectator-rich weekend of Chaux-Neuve, France which gets Nordic Combined hearts pumping. The newly minted World Championships 2019 host Seefeld is of course back on the calendar with the second edition of the Nordic Combined TRIPLE: will this year's winner Eric Frenzel go for his second TRIPLE trophy or came somebody else take the prestigious object in the season to come?
Return to Japan
After nine years of absence, the Japanese athletes can finally look forward to another home World Cup in Sapporo at the last weekend of January in the third period, before Val di Fiemme, Italy and Liberec, Czech Republic, which are also back on the calendar, offer the last chances for important test before the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun are on as the second highlight of the Nordic Combined season.
Conclusion of the season
The fight for the overall crystal globe will go into the decisive phase with four last competitions in Scandinavia: as in the last years, Lahti, Trondheim and Oslo are on schedule with a 2-jump, 15 km event at Holmenkollen rounding off the season in style.
Continental Cup calendar with eight venues
The Continental Cup athletes can look forward to 18 competitions in eight different venues in the season 2014/15. The first period consists of the by now traditional opening in Soldier Hollow/Utah Olympic Park for which the final confirmations still has to be given, though. One more competition weekend at Klingenthal before Christmas finishes up the year 2014 before the travels turn to Hoeydalsmo, Falun and Planica for the second period in early 2015.
The Junior athletes will have their highlight at the FIS Junior World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan from the 1st till the 8th of February and the Continental Cup closes its circuit with an Austrian venue, Kuusamo and three competitions in Chaikovskiy at the beginning of March.
You can find the confirmed World Cup calendar here.
Continental Cup calendar.