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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Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result
 1  8  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   23:14.3
 2  2  1156 KOIVURANTA Anssi  1988  FIN   23:16.5
 3  3  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   23:16.6
 4  7  247 SPILLANE Johnny  1980  USA   23:17.7
 5  6  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   23:17.7
 6  4  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   23:36.1
 7  5  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   23:39.7
 8  9  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   23:49.3
 9  38  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   23:55.5
 10  27  680 TANDE Petter L.  1985  NOR   23:56.6
 11  18  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   23:57.6
 12  25  35 GOTTWALD Felix  1976  AUT   23:57.9
 13  23  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   23:58.0
 14  1  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   24:01.2
 15  22  1029 PITTIN Alessandro  1990  ITA   24:03.5
 16  31  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   24:04.6
 17  15  683 RIAN Espen  1981  NOR   24:05.8
 18  17  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   24:06.2
 19  13  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   24:08.9
 20  12  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   24:13.8
 21  11  217 HETTICH Georg  1978  GER   24:19.1
 22  16  137 KREINER David  1981  AUT   24:28.2
 23  14  727 KATO Taihei  1984  JPN   24:33.8
 24  35  203 HEER Ronny  1981  SUI   24:42.9
 25  20  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   24:49.3
 26  41  592 KLAPFER Lukas  1985  AUT   24:54.4
 27  43  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   24:59.4
 28  40  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   25:01.0
 29  44  1796 JOHANSEN Truls Soenstehagen  1991  NOR   25:02.3
 30  29  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   25:03.6
 31  24  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   25:07.2
 32  51  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   25:09.0
 33  42  216 TAKAHASHI Daito  1980  JPN   25:09.2
 34  48  205 KOBAYASHI Norihito  1982  JPN   25:11.8
 35  47  1136 WATABE Akito  1988  JPN   25:12.8
 36  10  1473 ASIKAINEN Lauri  1989  FIN   25:43.0
 37  34  1444 SCHMID Tommy  1988  SUI   25:46.6
 38  53  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   25:50.1
 39  45  1067 FLETCHER Bryan  1986  USA   25:51.2
 40  28  960 MASLENNIKOV Sergej  1982  RUS   25:53.5
 41  30  1059 REUSCHEL Sebastian  1988  GER   25:56.8
 42  26  1147 POCHWALA Tomasz  1983  POL   25:58.1
 43  21  971 BJOERN Jan Christian  1984  NOR   26:12.8
 44  32  1167 KJELBOTN Thomas  1986  NOR   26:23.6
 45  39  1418 BERLOT Gasper  1990  SLO   26:25.2
 46  33  1689 NABEEV Niyaz  1989  RUS   26:25.8
 47  19  1485 NURMSALU Kaarel  1991  EST   26:40.9
 48  54  1464 RUNGGALDIER Lukas  1987  ITA   26:41.6
 49  50  643 MICHIELLI Giuseppe  1985  ITA   26:51.1
 50  60  419 KLEMETSEN Haavard  1979  NOR   26:51.7
 51  56  715 ORANIC Mitja  1986  SLO   27:10.2
 52  46  1469 MAKA Marcin  1985  POL   27:18.0
 53  49  1228 LEETOJA Aldo  1988  EST   27:31.1
 54  64  1660 WENDEL Ole-Christian  1992  NOR   27:50.4
 55  63  694 VODSEDALEK Ales  1985  CZE   28:53.3
 56  61  164 SAVILL Wesley  1989  CAN   29:18.5
 57  65  1621 STORLIEN Ole Martin  1988  NOR   30:23.2
Did not start
   62  1600 FAISST Manuel  1993  GER   
   57  198 TALLUS Jaakko  1981  FIN   
   55  200 HASENEY Sebastian  1978  GER   
   52  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   
   37  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   
Did not finish
   59  1015 PICHLMAYER Marco  1987  AUT   
   58  1164 FELISAZ Jonathan  1985  FRA   
   36  989 CAMEROTA Brett  1985  USA 

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