The winners of the Nordic Combined Awards 2021 have been determined and this year, Gyda Westvold Hansen (NOR) and Johannes Lamparter (AUT) are the big winners with two awards each.
After the eleven journalists of the media jury have cast their votes and also the votes of the general public in each category have been counted, Westvold Hansen was unanimously declared Athlete of the Year W. In the Athlete of the Year M category, the race was a lot tighter and the public vote made the one vote difference in favour of shooting star Johannes Lamparter, who beat out World Cup winner Jarl Magnus Riiber with 6 votes to 5.
Athlete of the Year:
Gyda Westvold Hansen 11 + 1 public vote
Johannes Lamparter: 5 + 1 public vote
Jarl Magnus Riiber: 5 votes
Akito Watabe: 1 vote
Westvold Hansen and Lamparter won the Moment of the Year Award together for both taking the Junior World Champion and World Champion titles in the same season this winter. Their moment received 5 votes, while Ilkka Herola’s silver medal and the Norwegian women’s podium sweep in Oberstdorf were selected three times each. Ryota Yamamoto’s maiden podium in Lahti received one vote.
Moment of the Year:
Lamparter & Westvold Hansen win junior & senior titles: 4 + 1 public vote
Ilkka Herola wins first FIN silver since 2007: 3
Norway sweeps inaugural women's WSC podium: 3
Ryota Yamamoto battles to maiden WC podium: 1
The Coaches of the Year category had clear results as well: Christoph Eugen and his coaching team (AUT) won with 10 votes, while Norwegian women’s coach Thomas Kjelbotn received all 12 votes for his work this winter.
The category Rookie of the Year as more contested. While Matteo Baud (FRA) won on the men’s side with nine votes, Continental Cup winner Sigrun Kleinrath (AUT) received four votes, while Lisa Hirner and Annika both had three.
Rookie of the Year:
Matteo Baud: 8 + 1 public vote
Andreas Skoglund: 2
Stefan Rettenegger: 1
Sigrun Kleinrath: 4
Lisa Hirner: 2 + 1 public vote
Annika Sieff: 3
In total, 3020 votes were cast in the public vote this year, almost tripling the number of participants from last year.