Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Alpine Skiing and Snowboard were all in action in the week leading up to the Olympics. The FIS Telemark World Cup continued in Oberjoch (GER) while Speed Skiing saw its first World Cup competitions of the new season in Vars (FRA).
The Ski Jumping World Cup presented by Viessmann saw the premiere of a new competition format, similar to the Four-Hills Tournament and Raw Air, the “Willingen 5”.
Staged in Germany’s Willingen in northern Hesse, the tournament counts the jumps from both individual competitions in addition to the qualification round. Overall, the athletes score points in five jumps.
Poland’s Kamil Stoch emerged as the first winner of the Willingen 5 with consistent performances throughout the weekend. He was first in the qualification round, fourth in Saturday’s individual competition and third in Sunday’s individual competition, and received EUR 25,000 prize money.
The individual competitions, meanwhile, were won by Norway’s Daniel Andre Tande on Saturday and Johan Andre Forfang on Sunday.
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In the overall World Cup rankings, Stoch has taken over the lead with 863 points, followed by Germans Richard Freitag with 820 and Andreas Wellinger with 736 points.
Local hero Akito Watabe and Jan Schmid (NOR) emerged as the winners of the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup presented by Viessmann Individual Gundersen races in Hakuba (JPN) last weekend.
Following his Triple victory in Seefeld (AUT), Watabe emerged with a home victory in the first of two competitions. It was his fourth consecutive win. He was joined on the podium by Schmid and Germany’s Manuel Faisst in second and third place, respectively.
On the second day, Schmid was the stronger contender. He outpaced Kristjan Ilves who took his first podium result and Watabe, who finished third following a photo finish with Tomas Portyk (CZE).
Watabe presently leads the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup overall rankings with 905 points ahead of Schmid with 885 and Joergen Graabak (NOR) in a distant third with 528.
The final Audi FIS Ski World Cup prior to the Olympic Winter Games finished on Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) with Lindsey Vonn (USA) taking her second victory in as many days and Sofia Goggia (ITA) doing the same as runner up. Conny Huetter (AUT)and Tina Weirather (LIE) joined the dynamic downhill duo on the podium in the first and second downhill races respectively.
Vonn's wins notched her 80th and 81st career victory on the circuit, whereby Goggia still leads the downhill standings with 429 points to Vonn's 406. Only one downhill race remains on the ladies' World Cup calendar, and that will be hotly contested at the finals in Are (SWE) in March.
At the FIS World Cup snowboard cross races in Feldberg (GER), Michela Moioli (ITA) took victory on both competition days, claiming her third and fourth win of the season.
On Saturday, Zoe Bergermann (CAN) secured her first World Cup podium in second place with Julia Pereira de Sousa Mabileau (FRA) ending in third.
On Sunday, Charlotte Bankes (FRA) took second place with teammate Chloe Trespeuch rounding out the podium in third.
Moioli leads the World Cup standings with 6630 points ahead of Trespeuch (xxx) with 5600 and Bankes with 5000.
On the men’s side, Pierre Vaultier (FRA) won the race on Sunday, making up for his second place the day before by winning the men's final ahead of Italy's Michele Godino and Germany’s Paul Berg.
On Saturday, Austria’s Julian Lueftner claimed his first FIS World Cup victory by finishing ahead of Vaultier and Ken Vuagnoux (FRA).
Vaultier extended his World Cup lead to 6120 points ahead of Alex Pullin (AUS) with 4376 and Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) with 3840.
The FIS Telemark World Cup stopped in Hinderlang/Oberjoch (GER) for sprint and parallel sprint races on 3rd and 4th February.
Much to the joy of the locals, German Johanna Holzmann took victory in the parallel sprint, while Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI) won the sprint event.
The men’s sprint and parallel sprint were won by Philippe Lau (FRA) and Nicolas Michel (SUI) respectively.
Speed Skiing was in action in the southern French Alps in Vars (FRA), which features one of the fastest slopes in the world.
Reigning World Cup Champion Valentina Greggio (ITA) took victory in both ladies’ races with speeds of 204 and 211 km/h while on the men’s side, Simone Origone (ITA) and Manuel Kramer (AUT) were the fastest skiers with top speeds of 208 and 216 km/h respectively.
The 2018 FIS Speed Ski World Cup season consists of eleven races in five countries and will see its season finals on 7th April in Grandvalira (AND).