The Nordic combined athlete Johannes Rydzek in action

    Status: 11/25/2022 12:14 p.m

    In the first competition of the new World Cup season, the German combined athletes presented themselves in good shape and therefore still have very good chances of getting on the podium.

    From the point of view of the German Ski Association (DSV), Julian Schmid has secured the best starting position before cross-country skiing. With his 142.5 meters, he landed just one meter behind the Japanese Ryota Yamamoto, who delivered the longest distance on the Rukatunturi hill near the Arctic Circle. Schmid is only eight seconds behind.

    The two old champions Eric Frenzel in fifth (+ 52 seconds) and Johannes Rydzek in seventh (+ 1:06 minutes) were also able to secure a place in the top ten after the jumping. The jump was somewhat disappointing for the Olympic champion, who only ranked 20th after 121.5 meters. His deficit is already 2:20 minutes.

    Manuel Faißt (11./+ 1:34 min) and Terence Weber (21./+ 2:30 min) rounded off a strong German performance. Overall World Cup winner Jar Magnus Riiber also botched his attempt and as 18th (+ 2:09 min) has no more chances of winning.

    Now five instead of ten kilometers

    From 3 p.m. the cross-country ski run begins. The special thing about the start is the shorter form of the Gundersen competition. Instead of the usual ten kilometers, only five kilometers have to be covered.