Double victory for Norway in the Nordic Combined World Cup Opening

The conditions were challenging in Ruka. Austrian Mario Seidl was first in the ski jumping competition with a 131 metre jump. Second place went to norwegian Espen Andersen, who jumped 132 meters and third was japanese Akito Watabe with 125 meters.

Surprisingly the champion of the last season, german Eric Frenzel, was 30th and his comrade Johannes Rydzek 22th.

 

Andersen in strongest skiing shape

Mario Seidl started to the skiing just four seconds ahead of Espen Andersen, who managed to catch him quickly. On second lap, Andersen was stronger than Seidl and left him behind and took his first World Cup win of his career.

-We had very good skis. When I jumped so far, I had really good staring position. I stayed behind Seidl for a bit to see in how good shape he is. But I realized, I had a really good day today so I was thinking if I drop him, maybe Jan or Joergen (Graabak) can catch him. When I got a few meters on him, I decided to go all in.

Jan Schmid started on 6th place to skiing, but was able to catch the athletes behind him and secure a double victory for Norway. Akito Watabe from Japan was third despite his sore rib.

Nordic Combined continues on Saturday with an individual Gundersen HS142 / 10 km.

Pekka Luokkala/Laajasalon opisto