Traditional highlights ahead with Four-Hills Tournament and FIS Tour de Ski

The 66th edition of the prestigious Four-Hills Tournament, as part of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup presented by Viessmann, will take place at the four traditional venues of Oberstdorf, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (both GER), Innsbruck and Bischofshofen (both AUT) between 29th December 2017 and 6th January 2018.

Before the event, ticket sales are booming. The competitions in Oberstdorf and Innsbruck on 30th December and 4th January respectively, are already sold out.

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Favourites

Germany’s Richard Freitag, who won three of the seven competitions this season, will be wearing the yellow bib of the FIS World Cup leader at the opening competition in Oberstdorf. He is the first German to start the tournament as favourite since Martin Schmitt in the 2000/01 season.

Freitag’s teammate Andreas Wellinger and Norway’s Daniel Andre Tande who are sitting in second and third place in the World Cup standings respectively, are strong contenders. Norway has not won the title in the past eleven years while Germany has been waiting for a win since 16 years.

Defending Four-Hills champion Kamil Stoch (POL) and Stefan Kraft (AUT), who won the Tour in the 2014/15 season, are currently ranked fourth and fifth in the overall World Cup rankings and have strong chances to win the Four-Hills as well.

Nevertheless, everyone starts at zero at the first competition in Oberstdorf and the overall winner might not be on anyone’s list yet. Only three of the top favourites lived up to the expectations in the past twelve years. The last overall World Cup leader to also win the Four-Hills Tournament was Peter Prevc (SLO) in 2015/16.

12th FIS Tour de Ski starts in Lenzerheide

For the 12th time the king and queen of Cross-Country Skiing will be crowned in the first week of January as the famous Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by le Gruyere gets underway on 30th January 2017.

Three venues, seven competition days in three different countries will host this year’s edition of the Tour. Lenzerheide (SUI) sets the backdrop for the first three stages featuring sprint free technique, individual start classic and pursuit free technique competitions. After a one-day break, the programme continues in Oberstdorf (GER), with two stages – sprint classic and mass start free technique. The Tour will culminate in Val di Fiemme (ITA) with the mass start free technique and the famous Final Climb on Alpe Cermis on 7th January 2018.

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Favourites

Overall, six ladies from four countries and seven men have stepped on the top of the Tour de Ski podium in the last 11 editions.

Heidi Weng (NOR) and Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) will be looking to defend their titles from last year.

Other favourites include Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR), Krista Parmakoski (FIN) and Nathalie von Siebenthal (SUI).

On the men’s side, Dario Cologna (SUI), Alexander Bolshunov (RUS), Calle Halfvarsson (SWE), Alex Harvey (CAN) and Maurice Manificat (FRA) are among the top favourites for the overall victory.

Take a look at the team rosters here.

World Cup points

There are 400 World Cup points up for grabs for the overall FIS Tour de Ski winner, and on top of that, there are 50 World Cup points for victory in every Tour de Ski stage which count for the overall and discipline World Cup standings.