Premiere for the Nordic Combined
Ladies - FIS/Silke Tegethof
The 28th of August, 2014 will probably go down into
the history books of Nordic Combined, marking the
first official training session for the first ever
international Ladies Nordic Combined competitions.
The 12th edition of the FIS Youth Grand Prix has
officially started at Oberstdorf this morning with
two rounds of jumping training and a joint lunch
for the over hundred participants from nine nations.
In the first two training rounds, most of the participants
jumped from the K 56 hill. Among the ladies born
from 2000 to 2003, Slovenian Kaja Coz Urbanija impressed
with 53 and 52 metres, followed by her teammates
Maja Drinovec and Jerneja Brecl with 49 metres.
Germans Sandra Mu"ller and Josephin Laue had
the next longest jumps with 47 metres. In the second
ladies’ category (birth years 1999.1996), Austrian
Timna Moser clearly ruled the field with two strong
jumps of 55 metres. Germany’s Jasmin Buchmann and
Norwegian Hanna Midtsundstad landed at 52.5 and
52 metres, the next longest distance. Five competitors
chose to jump on the K 30 hill with Finland’s Emilia
Sorvisto showing the strongest jump with 24 metres.
In the boys 13 category, Finns Waltteri Karhumaa
and and Perttu Reponen impressed with jumps of 57
and 55 and 56 and 55 metres, taking top positions
in both rounds. Austrian Stefan Rettenegger, Mattia
Galiani and Slovenians Sandi Acko and Mark Hafnar
also have to be named with 54 metres. The 14-year-old
boys jumped until 58 metres (Rasmus A"hta"va,
Finland), followed by Austrians Florian Fuschelberger
and Fabian Hafner who landed at 57 and 56 metres.
You can find a photo album of the training sessions
The competition program tomorrow and on Saturday
will feature competitions for both, boys and girls.
You can find the full competition program here.
Race Director Lasse Ottesen was impressed with the
first training: „We are very happy that we have
9 nations for both boys and girls here in Oberstdorf.
70 boys, and 40 girls are starting which is a big
leap forward from last year. Looking at the girls
specifically, which is our premiere this weekend,
I have to say I am impressed. The level of the participants
seems to be quite good. This is a great start for
Ladies Nordic Combined. I am looking forward to
the upcoming events which will give us at FIS a
really good base for the long term plan for Ladies