NORDIC COMBINED: Norwegian sweep by Riiber and Graabak in Ramsau

Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber

Norway is taking over the Nordic Combined World Cup, which has been mostly a German show with Japan’s Akito Watabe winning last year.

In Ramsau (AUT), it was World Cup leader Jarl Magnus Riiber winning his fourth straight World Cup event, by more than two seconds over Austria’s Franz-Joseph Rehrl and extending his seasonal lead.

The second race – both were off a 98 m hill with a 10 km race to follow – was won by fellow Norwegian Jorgen Graabak, who edged 2017 World Champion Johannes Rydzek (GER) by just 0.3 seconds. Riiber jumped, but did not race on Sunday.

That means that Riiber’s lead in the overall World Cup standings is now 480-295 over Rydzek, with Graabak climbing up to third with 267. Summaries:

FIS Nordic Combined World Cup
Ramsau (AUT) ~ 22-23 December 2018
(Full results here)

Gundersen/98 m hill + 10.0 km I: 1. Jarl Magnus Riiber (NOR), 23:46.5; 2. Franz-Josef Rehrl (AUT), 23:48.8; 3. Fabian Riessle (GER), 24:05.6; 4. Johannes Rydzek (GER), 24:05.8; 5. Vinzenz Geiger (GER), 24:05.8.

Gundersen/98 m hill + 10.0 km II: 1. Joergen Graabak (NOR), 23:58.7; 2. Rydzek (GER), 23:59.0; 3. Riessle (GER), 23:59.7; 4. Akito Watabe (JPN), 24:03.2; 5. Geiger (GER), 24:07.4.