Glorious first day of the FIS Youth Cup in Trondheim
In glorious spring weather, the first day of the FIS Youth Cup in Trondheim was concluded with wins of Norway’s Benjamin Østvold, Finland’s Wille Karhumaa and in the first-ever Ladies Nordic Combined competition for girls on now for Austria’s Lisa Eder and Timna Moser.
After the jumping event on the K60 hill in Trondheim’s Granaasen venue, the jumping victories had gone to Ivo-Niklas Hermanson from Estonia and Silje Opseth from Norway in the joint jumping round for younger and older boys and girls. Hermanson jumped 62 metres and headed the results table with 120.3 points. Silje Norway had a great jump of 65.5 metres to show for and lead the cross-country race with 118.2 points and started the race at the same time as Russian Maria Aleksandrova who had just 0.1 points less than Opseth.
In an incredibly exciting race which saw some fast skiing but also some crashes on the demanding track which is part of the World Cup course, summer champion Timna Moser prevailed also on snow. With the second-fastest time of 9:29 for the 3 kilometres, Moser caught all the athletes starting before her after a 37-second deficit after the jumping event. She was followed by her teammate Lisa Eder who impressively won the younger age category of the girls by a minute on runner-up Karoline Bjerke Skatvedt and 1:18 on Gyda Westvold Hansen. Eder was the second athlete in total to cross the finish line and was even faster than the runners-up in the older age category. Hanna Midtsundstadt skied the fastest time in total and improved her intermediate eighth rank to a final second position in the older age group by skiing the 3 km in 9:21. Intermediate leader Silje Opseth captured a final third rank even though crashing two times on the track.
The boys’ race was split up in two categories with the younger boys skiing 3 km only while the older age category covered 4.5 kilometres in total. In the end, Benjamin Østvold won in the younger age group ahead of Anders Skoglund and Emil Ottesen, making it a complete Norwegian podium sweep. In the older age category, Wille Karhumaa and Atte Kettunen continued the Finnish domination from the summer Youth Cup and grabbed ranks one and two, fighting in a finish line sprint and finishing within one second of each other. USA’s Stephen Schumann took the third rank, finishing 42 seconds after Karhumaa.
Results list Youth Cup Day 1 Boys