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German wins 2nd straight Nordic Combined World Cup title in PyeongChang

All News 22:12 February 05, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- Johannes Rydzek of Germany won his second consecutive Nordic combined event at an International Ski Federation (FIS) competition in South Korea on Sunday.

Rydzek topped the men's Gundersen large hill/10km event at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul.

PyeongChang hosted the FIS event for the first time as a test event for next year's Winter Olympics.

Rydzek beat compatriot Eric Frenzel, the reigning Olympic normal hill champion, in a photo finish. Both skiers posted the time of 26 minutes and 14 seconds, and Rydzek was declared the champion after further review.

Mario Seidl of Austria finished third in 26:33.

Nordic combined consists of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. The leader in the ski jumping portion starts at 00:00, while everyone else starts with time disadvantages according to their ski jump scores. One less point equals four seconds of disadvantage in cross-country.

With his 14th career World Cup victory, Rydzek remained at the top of the World Cup leader board this season, just ahead of Frenzel.

Park Je-un, South Korea's lone Nordic combined skier, finished 30th among 32 at 31:54.6. Only the top 30 skiers earn World Cup points and Park, who was 31st in Saturday's race, collected his first-career World Cup points.

Johannes Rydzek of Germany lands during his ski jumping portion of the International Ski Federation Nordic Combined World Cup at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on Feb. 5, 2017. (Yonhap)


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