Nordic combined World Cup preview

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 27, 2010 10:58 am

                                                                                 EVENT PREVIEW SEEFELD

Gottwald Under Pressure

SEEFELD (AUT), 28 January 2010 – Two races to go, and then it is time to leave for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. At the DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Seefeld, one quest has to be solved: Is Felix Gottwald able to reduce his arrears in the Overall World Cup Ranking?


    * Timetable: Friday, 29 January 2010, 12:00 pm: provisional competition round; Saturday, 30 January 2010, 10:30 am: jumping session, 2:45 pm: 10 km cross-country  race; Sunday, 31 January 2010, 12:00 pm: jumping session, 3:45 pm: 10 km cross-country race.
    * Last year’s winners in Seefeld were Mario Stecher (AUT) and Magnus Moan (NOR).
    * In view of the Olympic Games, the teams from USA and Finland are not present. Also, the Czech team will sit out the event and train in Lillehammer instead of competing in Seefeld. Overall World Cup leader Jason Lamy Chappuis will skip the events as well. Magnus Moan won’t be present in Austria because of illness.
    * Chappuis’ points of advantage are 380. If he conserves more than 300, he would have won the Overall precociously.
    * The Japanese Olympic team will be present in Austria; from Norway, Jan Schmid who made the Olympic team, will partecipate. Overall, 14 nations will be at the start.
    * Seefeld has a long tradition in Nordic ski sports. The town near Innsbruck co-hosted the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Winter Games and organized the 1985 Ski Nordic World Championships. This year’s Nordic Combined World Cup events are the seventh in a row. Today’s race director Ulrich Wehling (GER) won in Seefeld his second out of three Olympic Gold medals. Then, the cross-country track was just one 15 km long lap; this weekend, the athletes will run four times 2.5 km.
    * The Tyrolean town of Seefeld (1180 m above sea level, 3000 inhabitants) is situated between Innsbruck and the Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany. The famous Austrian Alpine skier Anton Seelos (1911 – 2006) was born in Seefeld, which welcomes more than one million  winter and summer sport guests from all over the world every year.