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Manninen wins in Oberhof, Spillane fourth

Nordic combined skier, Finland’s Hannu Manninen won a World Cup competition today (Jan. 2) in Oberhof, Germay. It was the Olympic gold medalist’s 47th World Cup victory and his third in Oberhof.

“I had an incredible start of the season,” said Manninen who is in school to become a pilot and competing in limited event. “The snow was soft on the track, which is not perfect for me. But I tried to concentrate on my technique. And then I only wanted to get Jason.

Austria’s Felix Gottwald (27th after the jumping portion) put down the fastest cross country time to claim second place, while the best jumper, French Jason Lamy Champuis was 12th in the cross country race, landing in third overall.

American Johnny Spillane, last week’s Olympic Trials winner, was just off the podium in fourth. Spillane finished seventh in the jump and fourth in the cross country race. Teammate Bill Demong  (13th after the jump) was right behind Spillane in the cross country race and finished eighth overall.

“Certainly we will trade every fourth for a medal in February,” said U.S.  nordic combined head coach Dave Jarrett of Spillane’s third fourth-place finish this season. “He, and Billy [Demong, Vermontville, NY], both of them, put themselves in position to win. You can’t ask for much more than that.”

With four World Cup wins this season, Lamy Champuis maintains his lead in the overall World Cup standings, 157 points ahead of German Tito Edelmann in second. Gottwald is currently in third.  

There will be another World Cup nordic combined competition in Oberhof tomorrow.

Image by Gepa

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result
 1  8  19 MANNINEN Hannu  1978  FIN   27:38.6
 2  27  35 GOTTWALD Felix  1976  AUT   27:39.7
 3  1  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   27:41.0
 4  7  247 SPILLANE Johnny  1980  USA   27:45.4
 5  17  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   27:48.2
 6  5  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   27:55.9
 7  9  1156 KOIVURANTA Anssi  1988  FIN   27:57.5
 8  13  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   27:58.7
 9  6  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   28:03.0
 10  4  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   28:10.4
 11  10  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   28:20.2
 12  19  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   28:27.1
 13  15  137 KREINER David  1981  AUT   28:28.7
 14  14  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   28:32.6
 15  2  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   28:43.6
 16  32  1029 PITTIN Alessandro  1990  ITA   28:50.2
 17  28  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   28:50.7
 18  3  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   28:52.1
 19  11  217 HETTICH Georg  1978  GER   28:53.2
 20  21  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   28:55.8
 21  20  198 TALLUS Jaakko  1981  FIN   29:06.5
 22  16  294 GUENTER Andreas  1988  GER   29:20.6
 23  39  1192 DRUML Tomaz  1988  AUT   29:29.7
 24  44  592 KLAPFER Lukas  1985  AUT   29:30.9
 25  18  960 MASLENNIKOV Sergej  1982  RUS   29:31.4
 26  26  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   29:35.7
 27  29  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   29:39.6
 28  37  467 RIESSLE Fabian  1990  GER   29:55.7
 29  45  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   29:57.8
 30  22  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   30:01.2
 31  48  1439 FLETCHER Taylor  1990  USA   30:06.9
 32  23  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   30:07.3
 33  30  989 CAMEROTA Brett  1985  USA   30:09.2
 34  35  1164 FELISAZ Jonathan  1985  FRA   30:39.3
 35  25  1689 NABEEV Niyaz  1989  RUS   30:41.2
 36  38  347 BEETZ Christian  1984  GER   30:48.7
 37  50  676 TEPEL Steffen  1985  GER   30:56.0
 38  31  1410 BAUER Armin  1990  ITA   31:03.8
 39  33  1147 POCHWALA Tomasz  1983  POL   31:08.7
 40  43  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   31:10.3
 41  36  1059 REUSCHEL Sebastian  1988  GER   31:11.3
 42  24  694 VODSEDALEK Ales  1985  CZE   31:12.2
 43  34  637 BRESADOLA Davide  1988  ITA   31:17.3
 44  41  1218 BIERI Joel  1989  SUI   31:39.3
 45  40  1068 MILLER Alexander  1985  USA   31:43.3
 46  42  1461 SLOWIOK Pawel  1992  POL   31:55.7
 47  53  722 TRACHUK Volodymyr  1985  UKR   32:05.9
 48  52  1486 PIHO Kail  1991  EST   33:37.3
 49  51  1488 TIIRMAA Karl-August  1989  EST   34:00.4
 50  54  1540 PARKHOMCHUK Andriy  1988  UKR   34:30.1
 51  49  1531 SOKOLENKO Konstantin  1987  KAZ   35:57.7
Disqualified
   3  1063 WELDE Ruben  1988  GER   
Did not start
   47  203 HEER Ronny  1981  SUI   
Did not finish
   46  357 SOBOLEV Ivan  1983  BLR   
   12  74 ACKERMANN Ronny  1977  GER 

Eric Williams

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