It was a full week for the Nordic Combined athletes as they had a whirlwind three competitions in four days in Tschugguns (AUT) and Oberstdorf (GER). When the dust settled from the frenzy, a new king of summer emerged as Mario Seidl (AUT) earned podium places in all three competitions, including taking the victory in the last competition in Oberstdorf. Thanks to his strong showing, Seidl held onto the yellow leader’s bib.
A mid-week event took the Summer Grand Prix to Tschugguns (AUT) for a Normal Hill Gundersen, A sprint decided the podium there as Germany’s Fabian Riessle proved his qualities as a strong finisher and earned the second Summer Grand Prix victory of his career by beating Seidl by 0.3 seconds. Behind Seidl, Finland’s Ilkka Herola beat Eric Frenzel by 0.1 seconds for third place. Seidl underlined his great shape on the jumping hill with yet another jumping victory, with 104.5 metres and a 31-second head start for the race.
The tour moved to Oberstdorf for two large hill Individual Gundersen competitions. Eric Frenzel (GER) returned to his winning ways and earned his first Summer Grand Prix victory of 2017. He beat local hero Johannes Rydzek by 34.5 seconds, while Seidl defended his yellow bib with a third place finish, finishing 36 seconds after Frenzel. The difference came down to the jumping portion as Frenzel gained the pole position for the race by winning the jumping round.
The hard week concluded with the second competition in Oberstdorf which saw the previous day’s podium shuffled with Seidl taking the victory ahead Fabian Riessle and Frenzel. This time, Seidl left nothing to chance, taking the jumping victory, giving him a 22 second lead on the rest of the field for the race. The lead was enough to Seidl to take the win and stay in the lead for the Summer Grand Prix.
The Summer Grand Prix will take a break now until 30th September when action resumes in Planica (SLO) at the new Nordic Centre.