With the upcoming events in Klingenthal (GER), the Nordic Combined World Cup returns to large hill competitions after three weekends on the normal hills in Otepää (EST), Ramsau (AUT) and Predazzo (ITA).
With its Hill Size 140 the Vogtlandarena is after Ruka (FIN / HS 142) the second biggest hill in the World Cup calendar and known for its often windy and tricky conditions.
To reach the podium, the athletes will need to show confidence and withstand the sometimes-rough circumstances.
With Vinzenz Geiger in February and Jarl Magnus Riiber in March, Klingenthal saw two double-victories last season. With a demanding course, that will be going in opposite direction this time, strong skiers have a good chance to reach the podium one more time. Next to World Cup leader Riiber, who will not be on start due to a back injury, also the German team with Eric Frenzel, Fabian Rießle and Johannes Rydzek, who scored top positions on home soil in the past, are the ones to watch out for.
Therefore, Johannes Lamparter, who celebrated his first World Cup victory in Val di Fiemme (ITA) last weekend, has a chance to tighten the gap to the Norwegian in the overall ranking and score valuable points in the fight for the crystal globe.
As this is the last weekend to score points for the qualification to the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing (CHN). With the end of the qualification period on 16th January, the events in Klingenthal will be important for everyone to recommend themselves for the nomination of the Olympic team of their nation.