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Bieler Back on Top in Almaty World Cup

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

After making the podium for the first time in four years on Saturday, Austrian Christoph Bieler left no question he’s in top form, winning Sunday’s World Cup competition in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The 35-year-old beat Akito Watabe of Japan by 4.4 seconds in 25:31 for his first World Cup victory in five years.

Sidelined with sickness earlier this year, Bieler posted the best jump Sunday and started 24 seconds ahead of teammate Mario Seidl, who set a record on the large hill Saturday. Seidl was second in the jump on Sunday and ultimately placed sixth. Bieler had a 59-second head start on Watabe, who ranked seventh in the jump, and managed to hold the lead from start to finish. Miroslav Dvorak from the Czech Republic started eighth and reached the podium for a career-best third, 17.5 seconds behind Bieler.

No Americans competed.

Next up for Nordic Combined: World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, starting Feb. 22.


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.