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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

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

Kircheisen Storms to First Victory of Season at Almaty World Cup

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

No stranger to the podium, German Björn Kircheisen made it back on top for the first time this season on Saturday, winning the large-hill/10-kilometer Individual Gundersen World Cup competition in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Ninth in the jump, Kircheisen made up nearly a minute deficit to catch the leader and win by 5.3 seconds in 25:09.6. Japan’s Akito Watabe took second, and Christoph Bieler of Austria placed third, 10.2 seconds behind Kircheisen.

Taihei Kato of Japan was fourth (+15.3) and Austrian Mario Seidl captured a career-best fifth after dominating the jumping round. Seidl, 20, set a new hill record with a 142-meter jump and went into the race with a 13-second head start on Kato, who had the second-best jump. Bieler in third started 16 seconds back, and Kircheisen started 58 second after Seidl. According to FIS News, Seidl led for about three of five laps. Bieler and Kato then caught up with him while Watabe and Kircheisen closed the gap. On the last lap, Kircheisen pushed hard to successfully drop the pack.

No Americans competed.

Results

 

Germany Wins Team Event, U.S. 7th

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Germany demonstrated their strength in depth Sunday in Sochi, Russia, winning the men’s HS140/4×5 k team event by a commanding margin of 2.7 seconds over the second placed French team.

The German team consisted of Johannes Rydzek, Björn Kircheisen, Manuel Faisst and Eric Frenzel.  Frenzel had to subdue the charge of Frenchman Jason Lamy Chappuis, a close rival in the overall Nordic Combined standings.

Manuel Faisst (GER), started off proceedings with a strong first leg which allowed subsequent runners Johannes Rydzek (GER) and Björn Kircheisen (GER) to set up Frenzel for the expectant showdown of Frenzel and Chappuis (FRA).

Frenzel precluded any late heroics by Chappuis by skiing away from his rival; Germany finished in a time of 51:23.3.

Austria completed the podium, trailing in in a time of 51:32.6, 9.3 seconds behind the winning time of Germany.

The United States skied to a seventh-place finish in a time of 53:14.2, 1:51.1 behind Germany.

Results