RAMSAU (AUT) — The 2010/11 DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup will go on in Ramsau am Dachstein in Austria this weekend. In the host town of the 1999 Ski Nordic World Championships, snow fall and temperatures below zero seem guaranteed. The meteorological conditions won’t facilitate the tasks for the athletes: the cross-country track is known as a special hard one.
Anyway, overall World Cup leader Jason Lamy Chappuis from France, his first chaser Mikko Kokslien (NOR) and many others are experienced enough to deal with such difficulties.
The statistic indicates also Germany’s Bjoern Kircheisen as a potential winner. Since 2007, he has won four out of seven races in Ramsau, and at least one every season.
Highly motivated is the Austrian team. “It is always a cool and challenging feeling to compete in front of your home crowd”, Mario Stecher says. His compatriot Felix Gottwald can only watch the competitions. He fell during Tuesday’s ski jumping training in Villach badly, broke his right shoulder blade and is out of competitions for three weeks.
Friday, 17 December 2010, 13:00: provisional competition round; Saturday, 18 December 2010, 12.45: jumping session HS 98; 15.45: 10 km cross- country Gundersen race (4 x 2,5 km); Sunday, 19 December 2010, 12.45: jumping session HS 98; 15.45: 10 km cross-country Gundersen race (4 x 2,5 km)
The top three of last year’s competitons in Ramsau were Jason Lamy Chappuis, Felix Gottwald, Magnus Moan (day 1), Jason Lamy Chappuis, Tino Edelmann, Alessandro Pittin (day 2), Bjoern Kircheisen, Magnus Moan, Felix Gottwald (day 3)
News from Team USA:
Todd Lodwick will be present in Ramsau, while team mate Bill Demong won’t. The return of injured Johnny Spillane is expected for Seefeld or Chaux-Neuve; he will start to jump again next week.
The hill in Ramsau (HS 98) was build in view of the 1999 World Championships in 1995. Nordic Combined hill record holder are Daito Takahashi, Petter Tande and Bernhard Gruber. All three jumped 100 m.
The 2.5 km long race course has a high difference of 40 m (1108m above sea level lowest point/1148 m highest point). The athletes have to climb a total of 88 m each lap.
All winner in Lillehammer:
20.12.2009 Bjoern Kircheisen (GER)
19.12.2009 Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA)
18.12.2009 Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA)
21.12.2008 Bjoern Kircheisen (GER)
20.12.2008 Bill Demong (USA)
16.12.2007 Bjoern Kircheisen (GER)
15.12.2007 Bjoern Kircheisen (GER)
17.12.2006 Magnus Moan (NOR)
16.12.2006 Christoph Bieler (AUT)
18.12.2005 Magnus Moan (NOR)
17.-18.12.05 Petter Tande (NOR)
08.01.2003 Samppa Lajunen (FIN)
13.01.2002 Felix Gottwald (AUT)
13.01.1998 Kenneth Braaten (NOR)
9.-10.1.98 Bjarte Engen Vik (NOR)