Diversity on top on second day of FIS Youth Cup
Another exciting and fun competition day waited for the 90 participants of the FIS Youth Cup Nordic Combined in Trondheim and after the Scandinavians had dominated the first competition day, the Nordic Combined youth showed its diversity and high level of performance on the second day.
Austrian Ladies’ Champions Lisa Eder and Timna Moser climbed back on top of the podiums of the two female categories after they were not able to start due to missing equipment on the first competition day. Both ladies already took the lead on the jumping hill and defended their first positions until the finish line, with Eder finishing 20 seconds ahead of German Jenny Nowak and one minute and two seconds ahead of local heroine Thea Bjørseth Minyan from Norway. Timna Moser beat American Gabriella Armstrong by 31 seconds and yesterday’s winner Hanna Midtsundstad from Norway by 53 seconds.
Final Results Girls
In the Youth I category, Finnish Otto Niittykoski defended his win from day one and beat Austria’s Manuel Einkemmer by 9 seconds. Waltteri Karhumaa finished third, 31 seconds behind his teammate, beating his other teammate Rasmus Ähtävä in a finish line sprint.
The Youth II class saw a dominant win by USA’s Ben Loomis who finished a whopping 42 seconds ahead of Ludvik Braathen. Estonia’s Andreas Ilves reached the third position, 47 seconds after Loomis.
Final Results Boys
FIS Race Director Lasse Ottesen was full of praise for the organisers: „We collected many good experiences last year when the Youth Cup was hosted in Trondheim for the first time. We can already see this year that more nations are coming and the level of performance has risen considerably, both for the boys and for the girls. These two competition days in Granåsen give me a lot of optimism in regards to the work with young athletes in Nordic Combined. The National Ski Associations are positive. It is very important to have the big ski nations like Japan, Russia, Austria and USA on board.“