“Despite the warm winter with little snow we can be quite satisfied about our season,“ said Sabine Meinel, Coordinator of the FIS World Cup “B” for Nordic Combined. “Our special thanks go to the extreme efforts made by the organizers to deliver the races, especially in Lake Placid (USA), Klingenthal/Oberhof (GER) and Chaux Neuve (FRA), and for the willingness of Stryn (NOR) and Kuusamo (FIN) to organize replacement competitions.”
With the introduction of video jump length measurement for Ski Jumping and the use of transponders in Cross-Country, the overall quality of the series has increased significantly. In total, 17 of the planned 20 competitions were staged at eight venues. 179 athletes representing 16 nations participated, 108 of them scoring World Cup “B” points. 11 individual athletes from three nations went home with a victory.
Nations Cup Winner
The World Cup “B” winner’s title went to Einar Uvløkk of Norway (with three wins, a 2nd and 3rd place), ahead of Steffen Tepel (GER) and Mikko Kokslien (NOR). These three, along with Christian Beetz (GER) will start as of the beginning of next season in the World Cup “A”, the Warsteiner FIS World Cup Nordic Combined. Kokslien claimed the World Cup “B” title in the sprint rankings ahead of Tepel and Marko Kühne (GER). TeamGermany took the victory in the Nations’ Cup in a dominant manner with a margin of 1141 points ahead of Norway that beat Austria by 33 points.
To get a feel of the season in action, view a video filmed by Chris Pironi of the hurricane start at a World Cup “B” sprint race at Soldier Hollow, Park City (USA) here.