On the Snow: Frenzel wins fourth Triple

Nordic Combined

The Nordic Combined World Cup presented by Viessmann held its fourth edition of the discipline’s highlight event - the Triple - in Seefeld (AUT) to crown the best all-around athlete during the course of three demanding days. German superstar Eric Frenzel won the prestigious event for the fourth time in a row, beating his teammate Johannes Rydzek by 30.5 seconds at the finish of the final 15 km cross-country race.

Two close finish line sprints decided the victory on the first two competition days with Rydzek narrowly winning over Frenzel both times, but Frenzel crossed the finish line when it mattered most, on Sunday afternoon, to take the overall Triple crown.

In the final triple standings, Rydzek finished in second place ahead of Bernhard Gruber of Austria, much to the joy of the local crowd.

Cross-Country Skiing

Stina Nilsson (SWE) and Federico Pellegrino (ITA) both scored photo-finish wins in Saturday’s FIS Cross-Country World Cup presented by Viessmann 1.4 km free technique sprints in Falun (SWE) on the course from the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

Emil Iversen (NOR), who lost Saturday’s 1.4 km sprint competition by just 0.06 seconds, came back on Sunday with a big 30 km mass start classic victory.

Among the ladies, Marit Bjoergen (NOR) recorded her 105th individual World Cup victory with her win in the 15 km classic mass start competition. 

Ski Jumping

Maren Lundby (NOR) took the win in the first FIS Ski Jumping World Cup competition presented by Viessmann in Rasnov (ROU) ahead of Japanese duo Sara Takanashi and Yuki Ito. Takanashi won the second competition on the following day and celebrated her 50th victory in the FIS World Cup.

Meanwhile the men were in action in Willingen (GER) on the Mühlenkopf Hill. The Polish team composed of Maciej Kot, Piotr Zyla, Dawid Kubacki and Kamil Stoch came in ahead of Austria and Germany in Saturday’s event.

Andreas Wellinger (GER) made the enthusiastic home crowd proud with great performances. After winning the qualification on Friday and leading Germany in Saturday's team event, the 21-year-old Bavarian took the individual win on Sunday.

Alpine Skiing

After successful ladies events the week before, it was the turn of the men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour to stop in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) last weekend with two downhills, one of which was a replacement from Wengen (SUI), and a giant slalom.

For the first time, an American won the Kandahar downhill, when Travis Ganong was fastest in Friday’s race. He was joined on the podium by Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) and Peter Fill (ITA).

The fastest man on the hill for the second downhill the following day, and the last one before the World Championships in St. Moritz, was Hannes Reichelt (AUT), ahead of Peter Fill (ITA) and Beat Feuz (SUI).

Finally on Sunday Marcel Hirscher (AUT) earned his 20th giant slalom win on the Kandahar course. With his 20th victory in slalom which he claimed last week in Kitzbuehel (AUT), Hirscher became the second man ever after Ingemar Stenmark (SUI) to reach 20 World Cup wins in two different disciplines.

In the meantime, the ladies were in action in Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA) for a downhill and a super-G in glorious conditions.

Lara Gut (SUI) took her first downhill victory of the season and the seventh of her career on Saturday, while in Sunday’s super G, Ilka Stuhec (SLO) secured the first victory of her career in the discipline. A straighter than usual course benefited her as well as Sofia Goggia (ITA), who finished second, and Anna Veith (AUT), who earned her first podium since her comeback from injury.

On Tuesday night the best male and female athletes put up a great show at the parallel slalom City Event in Stockholm (SWE). On the men’s side, Linus Strasser (GER) emerged as winner to claim his first-ever World Cup victory and podium. Meanwhile American tech ace Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) earned her 28th Audi FIS World Cup win and her 40th podium.

Freestyle Skiing

The best-ever day for the Australian moguls team happened at Calgary’s WinSport Canada Olympic Park on Saturday by way of Britteny Cox and Matt Graham taking the respective ladies’ and men’s World Cup moguls wins.

Meanwhile the slopestyle athletes were in action in Seiser Alm (ITA) with Sarah Hoefflin (SUI) and Colby Stevenson (USA) both claiming victories and the yellow bibs in the second World Cup competition of the season.

Snowboard

Snowboard slopestyle athletes were also competing in Seiser Alm, enjoying perfect conditions on a well-designed course.

It was the first time that the Italian resort hosted a snowboard World Cup event, which saw Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) and Seppe Smits (BEL) claim victory in the third stage of the season.

As for the Alpine Snowboard World Cup, Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Nevin Galmarini (SUI) topped the podium in the second parallel giant slalom of the season which was staged in Rogla. To the great joy of the spectators, local hero Zan Kosir celebrated a successful and much anticipated comeback from injury by placing third (read more here).The Slovenian resort was finally and deservedly blessed with a lot of snow and a blue bird sky which attracted even more spectators to cheer their local favourites.