Positive bottom line after challenging COC-winter
Weather-wise, the winter of 2013/14 will surely go into the history books as a difficult one for the Nordic Combined Continental Cup season. While some of the Organisers were struggling with not enough snow, others were had too much of it. Wind also affected some of the competitions.
The events in Klingenthal were postponed due to a lack of snow, while the Planica weekend was cancelled due to too much snow. One competition in Falun fell victim to the wind which made safe ski jumping impossible. This resulted in a tight schedule with a total of 15 competitions held in six venues, four of the weekends being filled with three competitions each to make up for the cancelled weekend in Planica.
"Despite the weather challenges, we can look back on a good season", COC Coordinator Toni Guggemoos said. "We only had 15 competitions this winter but the Organisers bent over backwards to provide the athletes with good conditions. A big compliment to all venues and all involved Organising Committees."
Besides the difficult weather situation, the Continental Cup also saw the use of the provisional competitions round and the wind and gate factor for the first time this season, bringing the standard closer to the World Cup level.
After the 15 competitions, Austrian Tomaz Druml claimed the COC overall win with a clear lead of 608 points over Germany's Wolfgang Bösl (519). Marco Pichlmayer earned third place with 500 points.
Looking at the top ten, Team Austria left its clear mark on the COC season 2013/14 with Lukas Greiderer, Sepp Schneider, Matthias Hochegger and Harald Lemmerer rounding out the best ten on positions four, five, six and eight. The only non-Austrians in the top ten were Bösl on two, Norway's Truls Johansen on seven and Bill Demong and Samuel Guy in ninth and tenth. For the Nations Cup, this meant a clear win for Austria with 4.236 points over Germany (1.864) and Norway (1.268).
"With the weekend in Kuusamo, we had a worthy final event with Tomaz Druml as a deserving overall winner and his Austrian team also taking the Nations Cup", Guggemoos concludes. "Given the challenges, the winter went very well."