Spillane wins first World Cup


Johhny SpillaneAmerican nordic combined skier Johnny Spillane won his first career World Cup competition today (Jan. 3) in Oberhof, Germany. The win caps a great few weeks for the 29-year-old, Steamboat Springs, Colo. native who secured his spot on the 2010 Olympic Team by winning the Olympic trials in his home town on Dec. 23.

“I’m really excited. It was good jumping and good racing. I know when I can put the two together I can do well,” Spillane said. “I just went for it today and fortunately it felt good and it worked out.”

After finishing fourth in a World Cup event for the third time this season yesterday, Spillane, 2003 World Champion, had today all figured out. He claimed the day’s second-best jump then charged to the third fastest cross country race time and the victory.

“I had a good jump, put myself in a good position, and just went for it right from the start of the race and didn’t worry about where other people were. I just tried to ski my own race,” Spillane said. “It’s been nice to just be consistent. That’s one of the big problems I’ve had over the last few years is I’d have really good weeks and really bad weeks.”

Austrian Felix Gottwald had the day’s fastest cross country time (27:42.1) to secure second place after taking 15th on the jump. German Bjoern Kircheisen took third with the second fastest cross country time and the 12th best jump. Gottwald who also finished second yesterday, led a strong Austrian showing with skiers finishing 2,7,8,9,10.

World Cup leader, Frenchman Jason Lamy Chappuis was just off the podium in fourth place.

American Bill Demong took 13th.

Image by Gepa

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result
 1  2  247 SPILLANE Johnny  1980  USA   28:13.3
 2  15  35 GOTTWALD Felix  1976  AUT   28:44.1
 3  12  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   28:52.4
 4  6  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   28:54.9
 5  5  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   28:56.6
 6  10  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   28:57.6
 7  14  8 STECHER Mario  1977  AUT   29:11.5
 8  11  137 KREINER David  1981  AUT   29:16.5
 9  8  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   29:19.2
 10  9  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   29:20.2
 11  1  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   29:33.1
 12  7  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   29:46.3
 13  13  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   29:46.4
 14  18  1029 PITTIN Alessandro  1990  ITA   29:52.2
 15  19  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   29:52.7
 16  4  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   29:55.6
 17  17  19 MANNINEN Hannu  1978  FIN   29:56.5
 18  3  1156 KOIVURANTA Anssi  1988  FIN   30:24.7
 19  20  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   31:15.6
 20  25  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   31:16.0
 21  22  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   31:19.0
 22  16  198 TALLUS Jaakko  1981  FIN   31:26.3
 23  21  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   31:35.8
 24  23  217 HETTICH Georg  1978  GER   31:41.0
 25  34  1192 DRUML Tomaz  1988  AUT   31:57.2
 26  33  592 KLAPFER Lukas  1985  AUT   31:57.5
 27  24  960 MASLENNIKOV Sergej  1982  RUS   32:19.1
 28  35  467 RIESSLE Fabian  1990  GER   32:49.1
 29  27  1059 REUSCHEL Sebastian  1988  GER   32:53.5
 30  43  203 HEER Ronny  1981  SUI   33:03.4
 31  30  989 CAMEROTA Brett  1985  USA   33:08.9
 32  47  1439 FLETCHER Taylor  1990  USA   33:26.7
 33  31  1164 FELISAZ Jonathan  1985  FRA   33:31.2
 34  37  1204 MARTIN Nicolas  1989  FRA   33:32.7
 35  26  1689 NABEEV Niyaz  1989  RUS   33:49.9
 36  45  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   34:06.8
 37  38  637 BRESADOLA Davide  1988  ITA   34:11.9
 38  29  1218 BIERI Joel  1989  SUI   34:19.9
 39  44  1410 BAUER Armin  1990  ITA   34:37.7
 40  51  722 TRACHUK Volodymyr  1985  UKR   34:56.4
 41  50  1486 PIHO Kail  1991  EST   35:07.6
 42  40  357 SOBOLEV Ivan  1983  BLR   36:16.7
 43  52  1068 MILLER Alexander  1985  USA   36:19.2
 44  46  1488 TIIRMAA Karl-August  1989  EST   36:21.7
 45  54  1641 KHOMIN Oleksiy  1990  UKR   37:44.3
Disqualified
   9  1462 CIESLAR Adam  1992  POL   
Did not start
   53  347 BEETZ Christian  1984  GER   
   48  676 TEPEL Steffen  1985  GER   
   42  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   
   41  1147 POCHWALA Tomasz  1983  POL   
   36  294 GUENTER Andreas  1988  GER   
   32  694 VODSEDALEK Ales  1985  CZE   
   28  74 ACKERMANN Ronny  1977  GER   
Did not finish
   49  1531 SOKOLENKO Konstantin  1987  KAZ   
   39  1063 WELDE Ruben  1988  GER   

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