The last competition weekend of the FIS Youth Cup 2018/19 took place in conjunction with the Viessmann FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Trondheim last weekend and in addition to finding winners of the day in four categories on two days, the overall winners were honoured in a joint prize giving ceremony by World Cup leader and double Trondheim winner Jarl Magnus Riiber.
On the first day, Individual Gundersen events were on schedule, which featured one jump and a 3 km cross-country race for the girls and one jump and 4.5 km of skiing for the boys. On Sunday, the Youth Cup premiere of the Mass Start took place which had the athletes skiing the same distances as on the previous day first and concluding the competition with one jump.
Germany rules in Girls' categories
In the Youth I Girls category, overall leader Cindy Haasch from Germany took two more victories and beat local hero Mathilde Oustad from Norway by 49 seconds on Saturday. Haasch’s teammate Tine Göpfert finished third, +0:55 seconds behind the winner. On Sunday, the podium looked the same with Haasch taking a clear win with 108.6 points. Oustad finished the event with 83.8 points, Trine Göpfert with 76.8.
In Youth II girls, one victory went to Emily Schneider (GER), who beat Thea Minyan Bjørseth by 18 seconds on the first day. 43 seconds separated third-placed Oda Leiraamo from Schneider. On Sunday, Minyan Bjørseth turned the tables and took the Mass Start win with 111.2 points over Schneider (95.6 p.) and Thea Oihaugen (86.5 p.).
Norway leads in Boys' categories
The host nation ruled supreme in the boys’ categories with Eidar Johan Stroem taking both victories in Youth I Boys and Johan Fredriksen Orset pulling off a double victory in the Youth II Boys category. On Satuday, Stroem reached the finish eight seconds ahead of Czech Republic’s Jiri Konvalinka and 43 seconds ahead of German Tristan Sommerfeldt. In Sunday’s Mass Start Sommerfeld was 7.5 points behind Stroem and Konvalinka was relegated to the third place, -11.9 points behind.
The Youth II boys race was similarly tight with Orset taking Saturday’s win nine seconds ahead of teammate Trym Brandsegg Lein and 21 seconds ahead of Espen Benjaminsen (NOR). Sunday’s Mass Start podium had Orset finishing 2.1 points ahead of teammate Andreas Ottesen. Third placed Morten Bryhni was 4.3 points behind.
Overall winners from Germany and Norway
The overall winners were presented with yellow bibs and presents from longstanding FIS Nordic Combined sponsor Viessmann. With their great performances, Cindy Haasch (GER) and Eidar Johan Stroem earned overall victories in the Youth I classes (runners-up Trine Göpfert (GER) and Tereza Koldovska (CZE) and Tristan Sommerfeldt (GER) and Jiri Konvalinka (CZE)).
In the Youth II Girls category Emily Schneider (GER) won ahead of Thea Minyan Bjørseth (NOR) and Ema Voalsvek (SLO), while the boy’s win went to double winner Johan Fredriksen Orset ahead of Andreas Ottesen. Morten Bryhni and Espen Benjaminsen shared the third rank.