COC: Double victory for Norway in Høydalsmo
Truls Sønstehagen Johansen from Norway won the Continental Cup competition in Høydalsmo this Sunday, ahead of teammate and fellow Norwegian Ole Martin Storlien. Samuel Guy from France finished third.
On Saturday, the conditions were windy and difficult but Sunday the sun was shining from a blue sky and the conditions had turned to excellent in Høydalsmo, Norway. Andrzej Gasienica from Poland used these conditions the best on the jumping hill and was in the lead with a 94- metre jump which gave him a 28-second advantage on Jan Schmid who showed 92,5 metres on the hill. Gautier Airiau from France completed the intermediate Top Three with a jump of 90,5 metres which meant a starting time of 30 seconds behind Gasienica. Truls Johansen held an intermediate 13th rank after the ski jumping part and started out one minute and ten seconds behind the leader from Poland.
In the cross-country race, however, Johansen set the fastest time of the day with 25:00.4 for the 10-kilometre track and conquered position one. Ole Martin Storlien, the two-time winner from Planica Ole Martin Storlien skied together with Johansen and only lost out in a finish line sprint after having been seventh in the hill and starting out one minute and two seconds after Gasienica who finally finished as eighth.
"I have been struggling lately I think, but today it went really well. I just felt so good!", the happy winner beamed after the race and also Ole Martin Storlien was happy with his double second ranks: "I am very satisfied with this weekend. I have taken big steps in the hill, and now I hope I get the chance in the world cup", Storlien says. Frenchman Samuel Guy was also satisfied with the competition after improving an intermediate fifth rank with 89,5 meters in the hill to a final third rank. "I like the hill here in Høydalsmo, and I am in good shape. I am really happy!"
In the final result, Gudmund Storlien as fourth and Jan Schmid as sixth completed a good Norwegian team result. COC overall leader Andreas Günter from Germany finished as fifth and kept his lead in the overall standings with 563 points over Ole Martin Storlien's 453 points.
You can find the full result list here.
Next up in the Continental Cup are two Individual Gundersen competitions in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden on the upcoming weekend.