Edelmann wins first nordic combined World Cup
German nordic combined skier Tino Edelmann won his first World Cup competition today (Dec. 6) in Lillehammer, Norway. The 24-year-old who was in eighth place after the jumping portion, worked hard in the second lap of the cross country race keeping a quick pace. Later, he skied in the leading group of nine people gaining strength for his final attack. On the last uphill, some 1000 meters before the finish line, he broke away and went alone all the way down to victory.
“It is the first World Cup victory in my career, and the feeling is just great,” said Edelmann. “In the last competitions, I was already with the best and it seemed just a question of time until this first win. I’ve worked hard all this time, this is the payback.”
Anssi Koivuranta (FIN) won the sprint for second place ahead of Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) by 0.1 seconds. A photo finish decided in favor of Johnny Spillane (USA/fourth) and against Eric Frenzel (GER/fifth). It was Spillane's best result since finishing second in Kuusamo in 2007.
"It was great to have a good weekend," Spillane said who finished sixth in yesterday’s World Cup competition. "I felt like I skied a pretty good race, I just got beat at the end when I was tired. But, I was definitely satisfied with both jumping and cross country."
Wilhelm Denifl (AUT) won the jumping with 131.5 m and 133.2 points. Second was Koivuranta (134 m/129.7 points), Chappuis jumped into third (FRA/133.5 m/129.0 points). Magnus Moan (NOR) was the fastest on the track. It was his 25th victory in the cross country portion. Moan moved from 38th to 9th in the overall rankings today.
With his victory today Esdelmann became the 52nd athlete in history to win a nordic combined World Cup competition. He is also the 11th German to do so.
“It was a very close Cross-Country race, and I still had a good finish again, but Tino was too strong today,” said Chappuis who is in the overall World Cup lead with two wins this season. “However, I am satisfied with my rank and with this weekend. It was just great!”
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|10||27||680||TANDE Petter L.||1985||NOR||23:56.6|
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