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NORDIC COMBINED Preview: Will Riiber stay on a roll?

Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber (Photo: Granada vai Wikipedia)

The Nordic Combined World Cup lands in Val di Fiemme (ITA) this week, with Norway’s Jarl Magnus Riiber having won six of the eight events this season. Can anyone stop him?

He’s not unbeatable: he was second to Mario Seidl (AUT) in the season opener in Ruka (FIN) and countryman Jorgen Graabak won in Ramsau (AUT) in late December.

But at 21, Riiber’s rise has been remarkable and he’s looking for his third straight win in Val di Fiemme. There are three competitions slated:

11 January: Gundersen 135 m hill and 10.0 km race
12 January: Team Sprint off the 135 m hill, then a 2 x 7.5 km relay
13 January: Gundersen 135 m hill and 10.0 km race

Riiber has a 680-401 lead over 2017 World Champion Johannes Rydzek (GER) in the World Cup standings, with defending World Cup champ Akito Watabe (JPN) third at 357.

Look for results here.

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