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FIS World Cup Highlights
While the Alpine Worlds are well underway in Austria, the past week has seen some action-packed World Cup competitions in the disciplines of Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard.
During the ladies FIS Ski Jumping competitions in Zao (JPN), changing winds with strong gusts forced the jury to postpone the first individual competition which is why two individual events took place on Sunday, 10th February. The victory in both competitions was claimed by 16-year-old local hero, Sara Takanashi who has now scored six top podium spots this World Cup season and leads the overall ranking by 230 points ahead of last season’s winner Sarah Hendrickson (USA).
On 9th February, the winning streak of the Slovenian jumpers continued in Willingen (GER), as they lived up to their status as the top Ski Jumping team and repeated their success from Zakopane. The athletes, including reigning Ski Flying World Champion Robert Kranjec are now the favourites for the overall title of the 2013 edition of the Team Tour. The individual event in Willingen had to be cancelled due to difficult wind conditions.
On its 2nd visit to Almaty, Kazakhstan, the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup presented by Viessmann enjoyed sunny skies during the competitions. In the first of two events, Björn Kircheisen from Germany claimed the top spot, whilst on the second competition day, Austria's Christoph Bieler clinched the victory marking his first win in five years. The overall World Cup rankings are still led by Eric Frenzel of Germany, 101 points ahead of reigning champion, Jason Lamy-Chappuis of France.
On 8th February, Silvaplana in the Swiss canton of Grisons hosted the 2nd FIS Freestyle slopestyle World Cup of the season which was dominated by two 17-year olds. Johan Berg and Sjaarstad Christiansen from Norway clearly led the strong international finals with a total of eight ladies and 16 men. Unfortunately, the season’s third slopestyle event scheduled as part of the Olympic test events in Sochi this week had to be cancelled due to unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of snow. FIS is working with the Organiser to arrange a Continental Cup level competition at a later date in the Olympic venue.
On 8th February, Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS) and Roland Fischnaller (ITA) won the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Cup season's second parallel giant slalom in Rogla (SLO) proving their currently outstanding form. Fischnaller and Tudegescheva also lead the respective Parallel World Cup rankings at present.