FIS Tour de Ski - Final Climb
5 6 January 2019

"Traditional" Nordic Combined in Val di Fiemme

World Cup between Predazzo and Lago di Tesero

 28.11.2018

Nordic Combined in Val di Fiemme from 11th to 13th January
Ski Jumping races scheduled for the same days
The FIS World Cup season has officially begun in Finland
“Jump in the Breakfast” free for all the fans


Ski Jumping returns to Val di Fiemme. From 11th to 13th January, the valley will also host the Nordic Combined World Cup races between the Cross-country Stadium in Lago di Tesero and the Ski Jumping Arena in Predazzo, an appointment that has become a tradition in the first month of the year.
While the ski jumpers focus on a single discipline, the Nordic combined athletes have to deal with both ski jumping and cross-country skiing. The time differences between competitors for the second round are determined by the results of the ski jumping round. The FIS World Cup season started in Ruka, Finland, where Austria’s Mario Seidl won the first Gundersen ahead of Jarl Magnus Riiber, who confirmed his progress season after season. Third place for Germany’s Johannes Rydzek, who is increasingly constant and perhaps ready to get the baton from 'his majesty' Eric Frenzel.
The most expected protagonists, including Watabe, Graabak, Riessle and Frenzel, had many difficulties in the jumping round; they attempted a desperate comeback on skis. The Italian athletes’ performance was not impressive. The most pleasing aspect is certainly the return of Samuel Costa, who came 26th collecting points after a troubled year with three surgeries. Alessandro Pittin and Raffaele Buzzi were out of the best group, with the athlete from the Carnia region – the only Olympic medallist in the history of the Italian Nordic Combined – penalized for having jumped in difficult conditions; as always, he tried to close the gap on cross-country skis where he got the sixth time overall.
In Ruka, the team event saw Germany ahead of Japan and Norway, with Austria in fourth place.
The World Cup challenges have just begun and the season is still long. In just over a month, the Italian team will enjoy the "home" events with an attractive program: on Thursday 10th January there will be the first qualification round at the Ski Jumping Arena in Predazzo, while on Friday 11th January there will be the first Individual Gundersen HS135, ski jumping in the morning and 10 km skiing in the afternoon. The traditional Team Sprint HS135 / 2x7.5 km team will take place on Saturday, while on Sunday there will be the second Individual Gundersen between the Ski Jumping Arena and the Cross-country Stadium of Lago di Tesero, where the fans can enjoy another 10 km race. in the morning in Predazzo, all the fans can have a cappuccino with croissant during the 'Jump in the Breakfast' event – which is free for everybody – while on Saturday evening they have the chance to party thanks to the ‘Winterfest’ organised in Lago di Tesero.

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