EVENT REVIEW: Kreiner’s First Time
He is the 55th winner of a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup event in history; he went to the 56th victory for Austria in the history of World Cup; he’s the sixth Austrian after Klaus Sulzenbacher, Mario Stecher, Felix Gottwald, Christoph Bieler und Bernhard Gruber to win an World Cup event. He will turn 30 on 8th March 2011.
He is David Kreiner from Kitzbuehl in Tyrol, and on the day of the famous “Hahnenkamm”-Downhill 2011, he won his first World Cup competition in Nordic Combined in Chaux-Neuve in France. Runner-up was Mikko Kokslien (NOR/0.6 seconds behind), third Felix Gottwald (AUT/1.5 behind).
Once more, Jason Lamy Chappuis had won the Ski Jumping portion with 113.5 m and 129.5 points in front of Janne Ryynaenen (FIN/116.5 m/127.1 points) and Christoph Bieler (AUT/114.0 m/126.6 points). This result gave the Frenchman an initial lead of 10 seconds. David Kreiner, who was third placed in Seefeld, was seventh and trailed by 37 seconds, his team-mate Felix Gottwald was 56 seconds behind, Mikko Kokslien 58, Eric Frenzel (GER) as 18th placed was one minute back. Magnus Moan (NOR), who has been the winner of the last three out of four competitions in Chaux-Neuve, was 32nd with an disadvantage of 1:25 minutes.
During the cross-country race, Kreiner was caught by Felix Gottwald and Mikko Kokslien and other but had than the advantage to ski their speed and to chase, with success, the leading group with Chappuis, Bieler, Ryynaenen and Bernhard Gruber. After six kilometers, Chappuis and the others were caught. The nail-biter endet with a sprint decision with four athletes within 3.2 seconds. Magnus Moan did not make it inside the Top Ten, he finished 15th.
Mikko Kokslien delivered the fastest cross-country time with 21:01.8 minutes.