Text: Topias Mikkonen

Photo: Pepe Korteniemi

It was Norway and the pair Joergen Graabak and Jarl-Magnus Riiber, who fought out to win the Nordic Combined team event in Lahti. Starting 27 seconds behind the leaders, they overtook four teams, Austria I (Mario SeidlBernhard Gruber), Germany II (Eric FrenzelTerence Weber), Japan I (Ryota YamamotoAkito Watabe) and Germany I (Fabian RiessleVinzenz Geiger) during the cross-country section en route to the victory.

Once again in this format, we had to wait for the final stretch to see who comes up on top. Riiber, who has won many sprints this season already, didn’t give chances to other skiers and secured the victory by almost a second difference to Germany I and Japan I.

– During the second last lap, I noticed that my skis weren’t that good. That’s why I slowed down on the hill and tried to explode in order to get a big enough space on the top. It was hard since the decision had to be made in the moment, Riiber recalled.

Finland’s team Ilkka HerolaEero Hirvonen started the cross-country section a minute and nine seconds behind the leading Austrians. The World Cup’s two fastest skiers couldn’t catch the leading group and ended up seventh losing 56 seconds to the winning Norwegians.

Nordic Combined athletes will compete in an individual event starting at 9.30 on Sunday.