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Two Days in Sapporo: Germany’s Kircheisen Wins Day 1, Watabe Day 2

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Germany’s Björn Kircheisen (bib 4) placed first in Friday’s Nordic Combined World Cup competition in Sapporo, Japan. Akito Watabe (bib 2) from Japan was second, and Norwegian Mikko Kokslien (bib 17) third. (Photo: FIS Nordic Combined/Twitter)

FIS Nordic Combined World Cup (Sapporo, Japan)

With a hop, skip and a jump (emphasis on the jump), the Nordic Combined World Cup made its way from PyeongChang, South Korea, to Sapporo, Japan, last week. Last Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, the Sapporo nordic complex hosted two days of jumping and skiing.

Friday’s individual gundersen large hill/10 k began with a Japanese skier flying the furthest: Hisaki Nagamine jumped 136 meters and earned 135.9 points. Two Japanese teammates were second and third after the jumping: Akito Watabe was second with 129.1 points and Taihei Kato third with 125.5 points.

10 k later on the ski tracks and the skier who placed fourth in the jump and started 42 seconds back, Germany’s Björn Kircheisen, won the overall after completing the 10 k in 25:59.3. Watabe, who began 27 seconds behind Nagamine, placed second. In third was Norwegian Mikko Kokslien (+32.1). Kokslien placed 17th in the jump and started 1:40 back — he skied the second fastest ski time on the day.

Two Americans contested the event. Adam Loomis jumped to 38th and skied up to 31st (+3:59.2). Jasper Good was 35th after the jump and slipped a spot in the ski to place 36th overall (+4:35.7).

Japan’s Akito Watabe (c) celebrates his Day 2 win in Sapporo, Japan. Switzerland’s Tim Hug (l) placed second, and Germany’s Manual Faisst (r) placed third. (Photo: FIS Nordic Combined/Twitter)

Saturday’s competition was also an individual large hill/10 k up for grabs. Off the hill, again Nagamine set the benchmark after flying 138 meters and earning 128.8 points. German Manual Faisst placed second with 127.7 points, and Norwegian Håvard Klemetsen was third with 124.7 points.

The day’s ultimate winner, Watabe jumped to fourth, starting the ski race 25 seconds back. He finished in 25:55.9, after posting the fifth-fastest 10 k time of the day. Switzlerland’s Tim Hug, after jumping to fifth and starting 32 seconds behind Nagamine in the 10 k, placed second (+4.0). Faisst completed the podium in third (+12.3).

Good jumped to 33rd and finished 34th (+4:28.1). Loomis ranked 38th after the jump and skied up to 36th (+5:06.9).

The Sapporo World Cup was the last regular-season event before 2017 World Championships take place in Lahti, Finland, with nordic-combined competitions from Feb. 24-March 3.

Results: Day 1 | Day 2

No NoCo in Ruka: Wind Cancels World Cup Opener (with Video)

Monday, November 30th, 2015

For the first time in the history of the Nordic Combined World Cup in Kuusamo, Finland, the season-opening competitions had to be canceled because of wind both Saturday and Sunday.

“The wind conditions this weekend have been too strong and in the line of safety for our athletes, we have had no chance to complete any jumps since Friday,” FIS race director Lasse Ottesen said in a press release. “So the World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway, next weekend will be our opening event of the winter 2015/16 and we are very much looking forward to finally get underway.”

What did coaches and athletes do with all that downtime? FIS compiled an assortment of social-media posts.

On Sunday, several Americans, Norwegians, Slovenians and Swiss nordic-combined skiers held a friendly race on the Ruka track. Norway’s Mikko Kokslien “won”, Magnus Krog of Norway was second and American Bryan Fletcher third.

To see the video, click here.

Germany Wins Team Event on Home Turf, U.S. 7th as Berend Debuts

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
Team Germany used the best jumping round of the day to cruise to a three-second win in the four-man team event as the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup continued after a holiday break in Schonach, Germany.

The German team of Eric Frenzel, Tino Edelmann, Bjorn Kircheisen, and Johannes Rydzek turned in consistent jumping — not a single man went under 100 meters — and then never relinquished the lead over the course of the four 5 k relay legs. Norway came close, moving from fourth after jumping up to second place, just 3.9 seconds back, at the finish. That was thanks to Mikko Kokslien and Joergen Graabak, who turned in the fastest times of the third and fourth legs, respectively. But it wasn’t enough to catch Germany.

France finished third, 12 seconds behind the Germans.

The United States was ranked seventh after jumping and finished seventh at the end of the day as well. Bryan Fletcher started things off in the relay, skiing the second-fastest first-leg time, but the team still dropped to eighth place (the fastest opening leg was skied by Armin Bauer of Italy, whose team had been in eighth after jumping). Next came Ben Berend, making his World Cup debut, then Adam Loomis. It was anchor skier Taylor Fletcher who moved the team back into seventh, dropping the Czech Republic team on his way.

“Couldn’t ask for a better team,” Berend tweeted after the competition. “We fought through a downpour of rain today but still managed to have a lot of fun.”

Racing continues in Schonach on Sunday with a normal-hill competition.

Final results

U.S. Takes Fifth in Team Relay in Ramsau

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

World Cup Nordic Combined competition continued in Ramsau, Austria, this weekend with a team 4×5-kilometer event on Saturday and an individual 10 k competition on Sunday.

In Saturday’s team event Norway took first place in 45:41.1, chased closely by Germany, who took second place in a photo finish, only 0.1 seconds behind. France was third (+0:06.5), Austria fourth (+0:12.5) and the U.S. took fifth out of the 12 nations, 1:49.3 behind Norway.Strong winds on Saturday required that Friday’s provisional jump be used in Saturday’s competition. Overall winner Norway ranked third in jumping, while second place Germany was ranked first in jumping. The U.S. team, composed of Bryan Fletcher, Adam Loomis, Taylor Fletcher and Billy Demong, ranked eighth in jumping before kicking in the skiing to advance three spots.

First-leg Bryan Fletcher advanced the team one spot to seventh, second-leg Adam Loomis had the third-fastest course time, advancing the team to fifth place, Taylor Fletcher held fifth, posting the fastest ski time of the third leg, and anchor-leg Demong posted the seventh fastest course time to finish in fifth overall.

In spite of crashing twice on the race course, France’s Jason Lamy Chappuis took first in Sunday’s individual 10 k, besting Norway’s Mikko Kokslien by just 0.2 seconds, followed closely by Germany’s Fabian Riessle 0.7 seconds later.

Demong was the only American to jump into qualification Sunday. Demong’s jump earned him 48th place in competition, before speeding through the ski with the 16th fastest time of the day, earning him 32nd overall.

Complete results SaturdaySunday

Bryan Fletcher Rockets from 36th to 8th in Lillehammer; Loomis Gets Career Best 35th

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Thirty-fourth one day, eighth the next.

Thirty-sixth in the jumping portion of Sunday’s World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway, Bryan Fletcher of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team flew on his cross-country skis in the following 10 k, posting the second-fastest time and ultimately finishing eighth, 6 seconds behind Norwegian winner Mikko Kokslien.

While it was the 28-year-old Fletcher’s best finish since last January, when he was fifth in a mini tour in Seefeld, Austria, Kokslien had a similar rise on Sunday — winning in 24:11.8 after ranking 38th in the jump. Germany’s Fabian Riessle went from 31st to second, finishing just 0.3 seconds behind Kokslien, and another 0.6 seconds behind, France’s Jason Lamy Chappuis was third (after dropping from second in the jump with the 21st-ranked ski time).

Also for the U.S., Adam Loomis tallied a career-best 35th (+2:24), with the 46th-ranked jump and 11th-fastest ski time.

“Today was a great race,” Fletcher said in a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) press release. “I was really happy with my skiing both physically and tactically. Getting in the top-10 was a big confidence booster and a huge relief heading into the week break. I am really looking forward to Ramsau’s events in two weeks to continue making progress.”

The Nordic Combined World Cup picks up again in two weeks in Ramsau, Austria, and according to USSA, many of the top Americans will return to the U.S. in that time for a pair of Continental Cup races Thursday through Saturday in Park City, Utah.

Results

 

 

Frenzel Completes Seefeld Triple Sweep; Bryan Fletcher Fifth

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

On the final day of competition at the first-ever Nordic Combined World Cup Triple in Seefeld, Austria, Eric Frenzel of Germany ended on the absolute highest note — winning his third-straight competition in as many days over the weekend for a €30,000-Euro ($40,600-dollar) grand prize.

Second after two competition jumps on Sunday, Frenzel started second in the cumulative pursuit-style 15-kilometer race later in the afternoon and quickly made up 10 seconds on Norway’s Haavard Klemetsen. Frenzel ended up winning in 38:26.2 minutes, 21.2 seconds ahead of  Klemetsen in second. Another Norwegian, Magnus Moan finished 29.1 back in third (+29.1).

Sunday’s runner-up Johannes Rydzek of Germany placed fourth  (+39.3) and American Bryan Fletcher improved from sixth on Friday and Saturday to fifth overall (+47.6).

Frenzel earned double World Cup points for the Triple crown, extending his lead in the World Cup standings over France’s Jason Lamy-Chappuis, who finished ninth on Sunday (+1:41.0).

Billy Demong of the U.S. placed 11th overall (+1:54.7), up from 12th on Saturday. After jumping to 22nd, he skied the third-fastest 15 k ((behind Norway’s Mikko Kokslien (seventh) and Italy’s Alessandro Pittin (10th), respectively)).

Results

Frenzel Stays Ahead in Seefeld Triple, Germany Goes 1-2 on Day 2

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

After launching himself to the lead at the first-ever Nordic Combined Triple at the World Cup in Seefeld, Austria, Germany’s Eric Frenzel followed up on Friday’s prologue victory with another win on Saturday, beating the field by 26.4 seconds in the 10-kilometer Gundersen in 24.49.9.

The overall World Cup leader, Frenzel jumped to first then skied the 19th fastest time to come out on top with one final day of competition remaining. Germany took the top two with Johannes Rydzek in second, and Norway’s Magnus Moan rose from fourth to third, 27.6 seconds behind Frenzel.

“It was anything but relaxing, but a really tough race,” Frenzel told Sportschau, according to a translation. “Magnus very quickly become very caught up, so I did not expect. I knew that I can still put it back.”

Rydzek passed Moan at the last second before the finish.

“I tried to save … and I am sure been a little a**hole but I was able to fully pass through to the finish line,” Rydzek told Sportschau.

Norway’s Haavard Klemetsen placed fourth (+48.1), after jumping to second and skiing the 32nd-ranked time of 50 in the 10 k. Jason Lamy Chappuis of France rose from 10th to fifth (+56.5), and American Bryan Fletcher repeated his sixth-place season best from Friday, finishing 57.4 back on Saturday.

Eighth on Friday, Billy Demong of the U.S. placed 12th, skiing up from 20th in the jump with the eighth-fastest 10 k time. Norway’s Joergen Graabak improved from 42nd to 20th with the fastest ski time, and another Norwegian Mikko Kokslien skied the second-fastest time to end up 11th.

The three-day competition wraps up Sunday with two jumps and a 15 k pursuit-style race, which is handicapped by the first two day’s cumulative time back.

Results

Day 1 video

Lamy Chappuis Holds on for Lillehammer Win; Bryan Fletcher Leads U.S. in 16th

Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Saturday's winner, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France (c) on the podium with Japan's Akito Watabe (l) in second and Norway's Mikko Kokslien in third. (Photo: FIS Nordic Combined/Twitter)

Saturday’s winner, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France (c) on the podium with Japan’s Akito Watabe (l) in second and Norway’s Mikko Kokslien in third. (Photo: FIS Nordic Combined/Twitter)

Second in the jump at Saturday’s World Cup competition in Lillehammer, Norway, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France kept Japan’s Akito Watabe at bay in the 10 k, beating him by 13.5 seconds for his first win of the season in 26:45.2. Lamy Chappuis started the race behind teammate Francois Braud, first in the jump and ultimately sixth.

“I started with a really good jump; it’s always easier to start in front and to give your own pace,”  Lamy Chappuis told Eurosport. “We had a good pace with my teammate Francois Braud. It was really nice to be together at the front of the race. … I was a little bit afraid of the Norwegians at the end, but I stayed in front which was great. Akito started really fast, too.”

Watabe had the third-best jump and finished second. Mikko Kokslien of Norway placed third (+18.3) with the fastest 10 k time, coming back from 28th in the jump.

The Lillehammer World Cup nordic-combined venue early Saturday morning. (Photo: Billy Demong/Twitter)

The Lillehammer World Cup nordic-combined venue early Saturday morning. (Photo: Billy Demong/Twitter)

After failing to qualify for the individual competition last weekend in Kuusamo, Finland, the U.S. men’s team had two in the top 20. Bryan Fletcher placed 16th (36th in the jump, 11th in cross-country), and Billy Demong finished 19th (45th in the jump, ninth-fastest time).

In an email, Fletcher described challenging jumping conditions with high and variable winds, especially earlier in the round, after the provisional round was canceled.

“We were very lucky to be able to get a comp off and have a race,” he added. “The conditions on the XC course are awesome. I really like the new course it’s very challenging and has a fun rhythm to it.”

Saturday’s competition marked Fletcher’s second time jumping in new boots, so he focused on having “a good feeling and not trying to hard.”

His jump put him in a position where he needed to conserve initially in the 10 k to have some kick at the end.  “However once I got started the plan went out the window and I just hammered,” Fletcher wrote. “I payed for it at the end but over all I was very happy with my result!”

Demong wrote in an email that he had some good jumps in training throughout the week, giving him confidence for Saturday’s competition.

“I was able to go for it and I think today was something to build on!” he wrote, referring to his “average jump and average race.”

“I’m excited going forward,” Demong added.

Taylor Fletcher placed 22nd (53rd in the jump, eighth in cross-country), and Todd Lodwick was 34th (37th jump, 36th cross-country).

“Last weekend we had a tough go of a lot of things and we had some kinks to work out,” Bryan Fletcher explained. “We really used our days of training to work those kinks out and now I feel we are back on track. We are now just excited for more opportunities to keep climbing the results ladder.”

“Kuusamo has been tough for a lot of people but rarely a season definer,” Demong wrote. “We had a great week of training on the hills here and got our confidence back.”

Results

Germans dominate podium; US Men Finish 7th in Lahti, Finland

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Johannes Rydzek (GER) and Eric Frenzel (GER) claimed the Team Sprint HS 130/2×7.5km victory today in Lahti, Finland.

The German duo began the sprint course in first position after a commanding jumping performance.  Their winning time was 24:53.

France , consisting of Jason Lamy Chappuis and François Braud, held second position across the finish but were later disqualified because of an illegal passing violation.

This left the second podium spot to Germany’s second team, Tino Edelmann and Fabian Riessle), whom finished in a time of  25:15.7.

Norway, represented by Mikko Kokslien and Håvard Klemetsen, had been taken out of the medal hunt due to a piece of misfortune.  On the last lap before the finish Kokslien broke a pole and the battle for the podium spot was relinquished to the German second team.  After the disqualification of the French, the Norwegians were promoted to 3rd place, finishing in a time of 25:17.0

Behind the front runners a tight battle was waged for places between Austria I, Japan I, and Austria II, whom finished in 4th, 5th, and 6th places respectively.  The result was disappointing for both Japan I and Austria II, whom couldn’t capitalize on promising 2nd and 3rd starting positions.

The United States, represented by Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, skied to a 7th place finish, neither gaining or losing a place from their 8th place starting position (Given the disqualification of France).  They finished in a time of 25:48.6, 55.6 seconds out of the win.

Results

Demong Lands on Podium in Val di Fiemme; Bryan Fletcher 7th

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

U.S. Nordic Combined veteran Billy Demong charged ahead in Sunday’s 10 k race at Val di Fiemme, Italy, to post the fastest time of the day and finish third overall for his best World Cup result this season.

Demong ranked 17th in the jump and started 17 spots behind eventual winter Akito Watabe of Japan. He finished 3.9 seconds off Watabe’s winning time of 28:27.8. Mikko Kokslien (NOR) won silver (+3.0).

After Demong, American teammate Bryan Fletcher placed seventh (+18.6), tying his previous best World Cup result from December in Seefeld, Austria. His brother, Taylor Fletcher, went from jumping 33rd to skiing the fifth-fastest split on Sunday for 14th overall. Johnny Spillane also finished in the top 20 in 19th.

Sunday’s overall results