On the Snow

Last weekend the FIS World Cup series in the Nordic disciplines were in action in Oslo (NOR) for the traditional Holmenkollen Ski Festival while the ladies’ Audi FIS Ski World Coup tour stopped in Squaw Valley (USA) for two technical events before moving on to Aspen for the World Cup finals.

Cross-Country Skiing

Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) became the first male skier to win back-to-back Holmenkollen FIS Cross-Country World Cup presented by Viessmann. He won Holmenkollen’s 50 km classic mass start competition on Saturday in a time of 2:02:59.7, just +9.9 seconds ahead of Iivo Niskanen (FIN).

Among the ladies, Marit Bjoergen (NOR) left little doubt as to who would win the 30 km classic mass start competition. The Norwegian athlete was ahead by over 20 seconds by the 5 km mark and never looked back winning by +2:05.8 ahead of Krista Parmakoski (FIN) in second and Kerttu Niskanen (FIN) in third. It’s the first time that two female athletes from Finland have shared a World Cup podium since 2009.

Ski Jumping

The first-ever Raw Air Tour, which sees the Ski Jumping Tour travel through Norway over 10 days began in Oslo. Team Austria, with Michael Hayboeck, Manuel Fettner, Markus Schiffner and Stefan Kraft, won Saturday’s team competition on the city’s landmark Holmenkollen jumping hill in Oslo (NOR), taking their first team victory since 2014. They scored a total of 999.7 points with their eight jumps and came in close ahead of Germany (987.2 points) and Poland (986.7 points).

Yuki Ito (JPN) won the final of the ladies' FIS Ski Jumping World Cup presented by Viessmann on the big hill in Oslo (NOR). With the best 30 athletes of the season competing, Ito performed the longest jump of the day in the first round with 130,0 meters.

Holmenkollen-Sunday in 2017 became the Austria’s Stefan Kraft’s day. With an outstanding final jump of 132 m Kraft took the win, the yellow bib of the overall World Cup leader and extended his lead in the Raw Air overall ranking. This was the ninth World Cup win for Kraft, the fifth this winter. 

The second individual competition of the Raw Air Tournament in Lillehammer (NOR) could not take place on Tuesday evening due to strong wind and was therefore cancelled.

The newly launched competition series features competitions at four different locations (Oslo, Lillehammer, Trondheim and Vikersund) in Norway as part of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup series presented by Viessmann.

Nordic Combined

Akito Watabe (JPN) is the first athlete to beat the German top stars in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup presented by Viessmann individual event this winter and with this victory, the Lahti 2017 silver medallist claimed his ninth World Cup win and third triumph in Oslo (NOR).

Alpine Skiing

Mikaela Shiffrin added a new venue to her winning record on Friday as the American claimed victory in the Squaw Valley giant slalom at the American resort. Leading after the first run, she was able to hold off Tessa Worley of France – who ultimately finished third – to keep the discipline title undetermined until the Finals in Aspen.

On Saturday, with her second win in as many days in front of fervent home support, Shiffrin secured the 2017 slalom discipline title, finishing the race ahead of Sarka Strachova (CZE) and Bernadette Schild (AUT).