Nordic combination: Lamparter relies on home advantage in Seefeld

Lamparter feels strengthened by his first World Cup victories and is prepared for the duels with the dominator of recent years. The first competition will take place on Friday (1.30 p.m. jumping/3.30 p.m. cross-country skiing, both live on ORF1). The leadership jersey should give additional impetus. “Of course I will proudly present it at home. But you also have to say that Jarl missed four races, but of course I don’t want to give it away so easily,” said Lamparter and described the first World Cup lead as a cool snapshot.

The triple sixth from last year wants to use the home advantage as best as possible, although no spectators are allowed again. “I really know every millimeter. It’s a lot of fun at home. The round is good for me, everything is done. We are all ready for three cool days of competition. Of course it’s a pity that there aren’t any fans.”

Nordic Triple in Seefeld

In the Nordic Combined, there is a duel for the yellow jersey in the traditional triple in Seefeld. Overall World Cup leader Johannes Lamparter has to fend off the attack by Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber.

Top fit from the altitude training camp

The 20-year-old completed the preparation with the ÖSV team with a view to the Olympics with altitude training in Lüsens and jumping in Innsbruck and Seefeld. “We trained really well. I feel in great shape, I’m taking a good feeling for the weekend with me.” Nevertheless, Riiber, who was victorious in seven competitions before his break, is still the man to beat. “He shows how combination works,” said Lamparter and scattered the Norwegian Rosen.

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A fit Jarl Magnus Riiber is again one of the favorites for the triple victory in Seefeld

His relationship with Riiber is friendly, the four-year-old triple title defender is a likeable guy and also a role model. He could learn something, especially with regard to running technique. The world champion sees his carefree nature and already great composure at a young age as his own advantage. “I let few things upset me.”

He can also deal with pressure particularly well. This should also lead to success in his Olympic debut. “I want to gain experience there and absorb everything, but of course I want to show top performances and definitely fight for the medals,” said Lamparter. ÖSV trainer Christoph Eugen only sees the rest of the season as an encore for Lamparter. “He’s done it brilliantly so far. For him it is more or less a bonus, he has already achieved a lot with his first wins.”

No ÖSV triple winner in Seefeld yet

There has never been an Austrian winner in the treble that was introduced in Tyrol in 2014, but Mario Seidl won the edition that was moved to France because of the 2019 home World Cup. While Seidl has not yet made it onto the podium this winter, Franz-Josef Rehrl is in very good shape again after a CoV infection in December. The Styrian jumped onto the Olympic bandwagon with third place in Klingenthal. “That was a relief for me. I hope that I can even do better in Seefeld,” said Rehrl.

The triple point calculation system for the distances after the respective competitions and the route lengths in cross-country skiing was adapted. This time it’s 7.5, 10 and 12.5 kilometers after the respective normal hill jumps from Friday to Sunday. Eugen hopes for podium places despite the not so great triple results.

“Of course Johannes has what it takes, Lukas Greiderer and Rehrl are also on a very good level, and Mario Seidl also has his chances.” A lot is already planned for Beijing. Until their departure on February 4th, the Olympic participants will not leave the “bubble” they have now moved into in Seefeld, although they will be going to Lüsens again for altitude training at the beginning of next week.

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Nordic combination: Lamparter relies on home advantage in Seefeld