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5 6 January 2019

FIS Nordic Combined World Cup

Races in Val di Fiemme


FIS Nordic Combined World Cup from Thursday to Sunday in Italy's Val di Fiemme

Italian champion Alessandro Pittin talks about the upcoming leg

Fiemme Ski World Cup OC at work after the intense Tour de Ski finals




The countdown to the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup leg in Italy is almost over. After last weekend's  spectacular Tour de Ski finals, Val di Fiemme is about to host four more days of top-level Nordic activities. World's best Nordic Combined athletes will battle it up from Thursday to Sunday and many of them already moved to the alpine valley as the Otepää leg – due last weekend – was cancelled.

'From a certain point of view we avoided a stressful trip to Estonia and consequently had the chance to train a bit more here in Val di Fiemme', said Italy's bronze medallist in Vancouver 2010 Olympics Alessandro Pittin while watching the recent Tour de Ski events at the Cross Country Skiing Stadium.

'I hope to get into the first ten in one of next weekend's Individual competitions. I've never had great results in Val di Fiemme, however I'm quite confident that we as a team can do pretty well anyway. To be honest, I feel at ease jumping from the large hill, I'm totally aware that the first 20/30 meters after the take-off are crucial. Speed is the most important thing and I did work a lot on it last summer.'

Concerning the Italian NC squad, Samuel Costa won't take part into the Val di Fiemme Team Sprint event and 'that is a shame, of course – added Pittin – he's very strong in the jumping part. However, Team events are always unpredictable races, last year's top teams didn't have their top athletes at the start.'

'The teams to beat certainly are Norway and Germany, plus Akito Watabe and a couple of Austians who jump really well this year. Germans didn't do too well so far, it might depend on the preseasonal training, however they are incredible.'

After Val di Fiemme, the Korean Olympics will be closer. 'My idea is to get to the Olympics at my best shape – added Pittin. 'I'll try to keep myself well trained as we have done a great job so far in the season. I won't skip any remaining World Cup event, we almost had a month off already. The only stage we may skip is the one in Japan, we are planning a pre-olympic training camp on those days. It'll be my first time in Korea so I have no clue how the jumps look like.'

Regarding the Nordic Combined Italian team, Armin Bauer, Aaron Kostner, Manuel Maierhofer, Lukas Runggaldier, Luca Gianmoena and Raffaele Buzzi are going to race together with Alessandro Pittin.

The official schedule for the upcoming Italian leg reads as follows: provisional qualifying round on Thursday at 10.00 AM, followed by the first Individual Gundersen event (HS 135/10.0 K) on Friday to start at 9.30 AM (Ski Jumping part + the XC skiing section at 1.30 PM). The Team Sprint race (HS 135/2x7.5 K) will jump off on Saturday 13 at 10.00 AM and the XC part is scheduled at 3.45 PM. The second and last Individual Gundersen event will start off at 10.00 AM at the SJ Stadium (XC skiing section at 1.45 PM).

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