Training camp & COC in Lillehammer for French team
While the French World Cup team skipped the Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix this year, visitors of the ski jumping Continental Cup in Lillehammer were in for a pleasant surprise this weekend as all members of the Val di Fiemme gold squad, including triple World Champion Jason Lamy Chappuis were starting in Norway.
"We planned to go to Planica but the jumping hills are not open yet. Then I heard that our special jumpers were not going to the COC in Lillehammer, so here we are! We stayed one week for a training camp and to compete in this special jumping event," French head coach Etienne Gouy explains.
While the results did not look so good in the first competition on Saturday where no one of the team made it into the second round (Lamy Chappuis 35., Lacroix 45., Laherute 55., Braud 63.), things started to light up in the second competition on Sunday which admittedly had to be finished after only one round of jumping due to strong wind.
Francois Braud finished 21st with a jump of 124 metres (winner Marinus Kraus jumped 132 m), Jason Lamy Chappuis claimed another 35th rank (121,5 m). Maxime Laheurte had 120 metres to show for which gained him an 44th rank and Sebastien Lacroix ended up on rank 54.
Nevertheless, Etienne Gouy was satisfied with the training week in Norway and praised the local organisers: "This place is just perfect for training! Everything is well prepared to do high level sport. It's to easy to be good when you live here!"
Final results Saturday
Final results Sunday