EVENT PREVIEW OSLO:
Final Act of a Fascinating Season
OSLO (NOR), 11 March 2010 – The 2010 DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup will hold its final stage on a place where everything begun in Nordic skiing: at the historical Holmenkollen – but the new hill is really 21st century!
Friday, 12 March 2010, 4 pm: provisional competition round.
Saturday, 13 March 2010 (Team event), 10 am: jumping session, HS 133; 3:30 pm: Gundersen, 4 x 5 km.
Sunday, 14 March 2010 (Individual event), 10 am: jumping session, HS 134; 12 pm: Gundersen, 10 km.
o The ski jumping hill at the Holmenkollen is brand new and top modern. Few days ago, the Norwegian ski jumper Anette Sagen inaugurated the hill with the first official jump. The works are not completed yet, but everything is on schedule in view of the Nordic Ski World Championships in Oslo in one years time.
o The final top positions are assigned in the overall World Cup ranking. Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) is the winner, Felix Gottwald (AUT) runner-up. There is still big battle for third place between Eric Frenzel (GER/688 points) and Magnus Moan (NOR/687).
o All Olympic Champions are present in Norway; from the medal winners, only Bjoern Kircheisen (GER) will sit out the event. Kircheisen and his team-mate Sebastian Haseney already ended their season because of lack of physical power.
o Athletes from 13 nations will compete in Oslo; in Saturday’s team event, 12 nations are expected to participate.
o The Individual Event on Sunday is the 36th Individual race in Oslo in the Nordic Combined World Cup’s history. Oslo is since the start of the World Cup 1983/1984 in the calendar (like Schonach, Lahti). Something like 10 % of all World Cup races took place at the Holmenkollen. Because of the restructurings in Oslo, the World Cup season 2008/09 ended in Vikersund and not in the Norwegian Capital.