COC: Ole Martin Storlien wins in sunny Planica
Nice weather and excellent conditions welcomed the athletes on the first day of COC competition in Planica, Slovenia. The event started at 10 AM with the battle on the "Bloudek’s giant" (HS 139). The first place after the ski jumping part of the race went to Tobias Haug (GER) who received 127,5 points with the distance of 133 meters. Pavel Churavy (CZE) held the runner-up position with the longest jump of the day of 134 meters (124 points), while Tobias Simon (GER) came in third (129.5 m, 120.7 p.). Overall cup leader Andreas Günter (GER) held a 17th place. He landed at 123.5 meters and received 110.2 points.
The cross-country race started at 2 PM with higher temperatures after the sun shone into the valley under Ponce. Haug started with a 14-second advantage over Churavy, Simon followed 13 second later, while the other athletes were more than half a minute behind the leading German.
After an exciting cross-country race the first man to cross the finish line was the Norwegian Ole Martin Storlien. With a running time of 25:28., he had the third-fastest cross-country time and beat his rival Churavy with a 2.3-second advantage. Third place went to the German Johannes Firn, while Tobias Haug finished in the fourth place. Frenchman Hugo Buffard was the fastest on skies with a time of 25:05.8.
After the competition the winner said: “It was a good race and the conditions were perfect. It was very hard at the end but I got on the podium so I’m very happy. I expected that the cross country would be this hard. I hope that we’ll see another good competition tomorrow.”
The runner-up Churavy was short with his answer: “The skiing was great and the jumping was great! I was successful!” Last but not least Firn said: “I am very happy about the result. For tomorrow I hope that jumping will be better and cross-country in the same level as today.”
After today's competition and a ninth place, Andreas Günter (GER) remains in the lead in the overall standings with 458 points, Todd Lodwick (USA) is second (300) and Shun Yamamoto who finished 35th third (295).
You can find the full result list here.
Tomorrow Planica will host one more race, after that, athletes who compete in COC will travel to Höydalsmo, Norway.