2011 FIS NORDIC JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
EVENT REVIEW: Gold for Slovenia’s Jelenko
OTEPÄÄ (EST), 29 January 2011 – Two days after his second place, Marjan Jelenko took revenge on Johannes Rydzek (GER) winning the Normal Hill/5 km Gundersen competition at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Otepää (EST) today. Jelenko got first place in front of Rydzek and home-town hero Kaarel Nurmsalu (EST).
Nurmsalu was again the strongest athlete on on the Tehvandi hill (HS100.0m). He achieved 93.5 m/121.0 points and relegated Marjan Jelenko (SLO/93.0 m/118.5 points) and Michael Brandner (AUT/90.0 m/113.5 points) at second and third place. Johannes Rydzek from SC Oberstdorf, who has won the Junior World Championship competition on Thursday, was in fifth (88.0 m/108.5 points).
At the cross-country race, Nurmsalu’s advantage was 10 seconds on Jelenko, 30 seconds on Brandner and 50 seconds on Rydzek.
In the development of the race, Jelenko caught Nurmsalu within two minutes. These two athletes skied together for almost two kilometers. From behind, Rydzek was making up ground; at half-time, he was already third with a disadvantage of 21 seconds.
At the beginning of the second and last lap, Jelenko broke away from the Estonian and skied alone to victory. On the last incline, Rydzek overtook Nurmsalu and secured silver.
Ole Christian Wendel (NOR) was the fastest on the track (12:37.1.); he improved from mid-competition rank 52 to a final 28th place.
Today’s Top Three:
1. Marjan Jelenko (SLO) 118.5 (2)/12:34.5 (11) 12:44.5
2. Johannes Rydzek (GER) 108.5 (5)/12:14.9 (2) +20.4
3. Kaarel Nurmsalu (EST) 121.0 (1)/13:20.6 (37) +36.1
Complete Result: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/NK/4006/2011NK4006ROF.pdf
PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
“The competition was quite difficult on the jumping hill because of the wind and weather conditions, but the cross-country race went better. Jumping hill conditions were very hard, but I did a good jump. I saw the results after the jumping and I didn’t believe I could win the race, but I had good skis and it worked out very well. I planned to catch Kaarel and then to pass him on the track for not letting come up Johannes Rydzek from behind.”
Because of the difficult conditions I am very satisfied with the race. Conditions were hard and I didn’t have the perfect jump. In the beginning of the cross-country the time difference was very big in regard to the first two athletes. My intention was to catch them both, but I saw that it was impossible to catch Marjan. He did a great race.
Of course I am happy to be here again in the top three, and I expected it. But I was quite tired this morning because I have had two long days and my legs are totally empty. So I am glad with this result. Of course I tried to go with Marjan, but he was a little bit too fast for me. I tried to stay second, but Johannes is better than me. I will celebrate my medals with a glass of apple juice and then I’ll go to sleep, because tomorrow is another competition.
courtesy Egon Theiner