The big day for Ladies Nordic Combined is here
The 28th of August, 2014 will probably go down into the history books of Nordic Combined, marking the first official training session for the first ever international Ladies Nordic Combined competitions. The 12th edition of the FIS Youth Grand Prix has officially started at Oberstdorf this morning with two rounds of jumping training and a joint lunch for the over hundred participants from nine nations.
In the first two training rounds, most of the participants jumped from the K 56 hill. Among the ladies born from 2000 to 2003, Slovenian Kaja Coz Urbanija impressed with 53 and 52 metres, followed by her teammates Maja Drinovec and Jerneja Brecl with 49 metres. Germans Sandra Müller and Josephin Laue had the next longest jumps with 47 metres. In the second ladies’ category (birth years 1999.1996), Austrian Timna Moser clearly ruled the field with two strong jumps of 55 metres. Germany’s Jasmin Buchmann and Norwegian Hanna Midtsundstad landed at 52.5 and 52 metres, the next longest distance. Five competitors chose to jump on the K 30 hill with Finland’s Emilia Sorvisto showing the strongest jump with 24 metres.
In the boys 13 category, Finns Waltteri Karhumaa and and Perttu Reponen impressed with jumps of 57 and 55 and 56 and 55 metres, taking top positions in both rounds. Austrian Stefan Rettenegger, Mattia Galiani and Slovenians Sandi Acko and Mark Hafnar also have to be named with 54 metres. The 14-year-old boys jumped until 58 metres (Rasmus Ähtäva, Finland), followed by Austrians Florian Fuschelberger and Fabian Hafner who landed at 57 and 56 metres.
You can find a photo album of the training sessions here.
The competition program tomorrow and on Saturday will feature competitions for both, boys and girls. You can find the full competition program here.
Race Director Lasse Ottesen was impressed with the first training: „We are very happy that we have 9 nations for both boys and girls here in Oberstdorf. 70 boys, and 40 girls are starting which is a big leap forward from last year. Looking at the girls specifically, which is our premiere this weekend, I have to say I am impressed. The level of the participants seems to be quite good. This is a great start for Ladies Nordic Combined. I am looking forward to the upcoming events which will give us at FIS a really good base for the long term plan for Ladies Nordic Combined.“