Getting ready for the big event: World Cup finals in Falun
Even though it seems as if the winter 2013/14 just began, another season is nearly over with just one more highlight at the very end to go: the pre-World Championships in Falun, Sweden. With an Individual Gundersen and a Team Event, Falun will see the return of Nordic Combined to Sweden after the last competitions have been held in 1999 and will at the same time be an important test for all teams in regards to the World Championships which are going to take place next winter.
Eric Frenzel will be able to pick up his second big crystal globe in a row and also teammate Johannes Rydzek has already secured his silver medal in this ranking, leaving the bronze spot up for grabs between Japan's Akito Watabe and Magnus Moan who currently hold 630 and 545 points respectively. The final fight for the Nations Cup which was already in full swing on the last weekend in Norway will continue and be decided between Germany and Norway.
The Swedish organisers have meticulously prepared everything for the return of the ultimate winter athletes and were getting warmed up for the big final with a Nordic Combined Continental Cup last weekend where even adverse wind conditions could not stop at least one competition from being carried out.
For the upcoming weekend, the snow conditions are okay considering that there is no natural snow in Falun and it has been too warm to produce snow in the last couple of days. "In order to strengthen the weakest parts where the sun and wind reach the track most, snow has been taken from the large jumping hill and also from the alpine courses in the Dalarna region", Communications Director Katarina Medveczky explains. "The OC is not worried about the snow conditions, there is no danger for the competitions."
It seems everything's set and ready for one last weekend of Nordic Combined which will also give some clues as to who is coping with the "new" Lugnet venue in Falun best. Together with the fight for the Nations Cup and Joergen Graabak's announcement that he finally wants to win his first World Cup in Sweden, there will be plenty of excitement to look forward to when the ultimate winter athletes compete for one last time.