Event Preview Notes: Lahti Hosts Final Stage

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 8, 2011 11:26 am

One week after the 2011 Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo, the 2010/11 DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup comes to an end in Lahti. The last two competitions of the season will be held on Friday and Saturday.

Timetable: Thursday, 10 March: 14.30: Provisional Competition Round. Friday, 11 March: 12.30: Ski Jumping Portion (HS130); 16.20: 10 km Cross-Country Gundersen Race (4 x 2,5 km). Saturday, 12 March: 11.30: Ski Jumping Portion (HS130); 16.15: 10 km Cross-Country Gundersen Race (4 x 2,5 km).

Time Zone: Lahti is two hours ahead of GMT and one hour ahead of CET.

The hill is one of the most well-known in the International Ski Jumping scene and the record holder is Eric Frenzel (GER) who jumped 135,5 m on 29 February, 2008. The track has one maximum climb of 34 m and a total climb of 92 m per lap.
The Lahti Ski Games, the so called “Salpausselän Kisat”, were held in 1923 for the first time. The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships were held in Lahti in 1926, 1938, 1958, 1978, 1989 and 2001. Lahti is a candidate city for the 2015 World Championships.
The Overall World Cup quest is still open. Frenchman Jason Lamy Chappuis is in the lead, Mikko Kokslien (NOR) is 180 points behind.

Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane (both USA) will not compete in Lahti. Lodwick is already on holiday with his family in the Mediterranean Sea; Spillane returned home to his family. There are voices that Lodwick and Bill Demong will focus on winning of the Overall World Cup next season.

Winners in Lahti:
6.3.2010 Hannu Manninen (FIN)
5.3.2010 Magnus Moan (NOR)
7.3.2009 Magnus Moan (NOR)
6.3.2009 Bill Demong (USA)