NOV 26, 2018
The Redster Nordic Unit didn’t have to be asked twice at the World Cup opening in Ruka, Finland. The newly assembled team for the Nordic combined kicked off with an especially impressive start to the season.
In the individuals on Saturday the new addition to the team Manuel Faisst delivered an impressive fifth place. The 25 year old German laid the foundations in windy jumping conditions and in the end he was only 10.7 seconds off the podium. The Austrian Lukas Greiderer ended up in tenth place. In the team competition a non-conform ski jumping suit prevented the ÖSV combined skier from getting a place on the podium. Germany did better with Atomic rookie Fabian Rießle. As the second skier the 27 year old took the DSV team into 2nd place, turning the 7 second deficit into a 19 second lead within five kilometers, which the German team then defended until the end.
In the cross-country competitions the Redster sprint ace Sondre Turvoll Fossli put in a promising start to the season in the classic technique. After 1.4 kilometers and tenth place in the qualifying the 27 year old got through to the quarter and semi-finals via the time rule, before managing to come in sixth place in the big final: 4.85 seconds off the pace. Team Manager Atomic Nordic Racing Peter Landl: ”Sondre had to have two spinal disc operations in summer 2017, which makes us all the happier that he’s preparing to get back to his old self again.” Olympic winner Simen Hegstad Krueger also had a positive start to the first race of the season. The Norwegian skating specialist came in eleventh place after the 15km classic. Peter Landl: “Simen had to contend with a stitch, where he lost three or four places. But his fitness is increasing quickly after his mixed start last week in Beitostølen. For the skating competition next week in Lillehammer he will certainly be one of the favorites again.