Germany proves its Nordic Combined strength with another team win

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 31, 2010 6:40 pm

HINTERZARTEN (GER), 31 January 2010 – Germany won today’s team competition at the Junior World Championships ahead of Norway and Slovenia.

Johannes Firn, Janis Morweiser, Johannes Rydzek and Fabian Rießle were second after the jumping behind Slovenia and followed by Japan, Italy and Poland. Germany was only 6 seconds behind the leaders, while the other favorites from Norway (Truls Soenstehagen Johansen, Joergen Graabak, Gudmund Storlien and Ole Christian Wendel) were sixth and already 57 seconds behind.

Marjan Jelenko kept the lead for Slovenia on the first 5 km, but Firn was already right behind him. Joze Kamenik lost some ground while Graabak, followed by Morweiser, took the lead.

The race was decided in the duel of Rydzek and Storlien, and the athlete from Oberstdorf could get a lead of 23 seconds. Rießle was then 13.5 seconds ahead of Wendel at the finish. With Matic Plaznik and Gasper Berlot Slovenia won the bronze medal, followed by Japan, Poland, Italy, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Austria, the USA, France, Russia, Finland and Belarus.

Today’s top three:

1. Germany  484.5 points (2.)/52:54.1 (2.)    53:00.1

2. Norway     446.0 points (6.)/52:16.6 (1.)      +13.5

3. Slovenia   489.0 points (1.)/55:19.8 (9.)   +2:19.7