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Strong violinist runs in Seefeld on the podium

Combined athlete Vinzenz Geiger ran onto the podium at the start of the Olympic dress rehearsal in Seefeld.

A week before the opening ceremony in Beijing, the 24-year-old from Oberstdorf only had to admit defeat on the first day of the Nordic Combined Triple to the still superior Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber and finished second.

Terence Weber was also in strong form in fourth, four-time triple winner Eric Frenzel (both Geyer) in sixth and Johannes Rydzek in eighth. Julian Schmid (both from Oberstdorf) also impressed in twelfth place. With all five Olympic riders in the top 12, the DSV combined athletes underlined their claim to relay gold in Beijing.

Riiber was 25.4 seconds ahead of Geiger, third place went to World Cup leader Johannes Lamparter from Austria (+30.9). After his 44th World Cup victory – the eighth in his eighth start of the season – Riiber is now the sole second in the “eternal” list of the best behind Finn Hannu Manninen (48) and ahead of Frenzel (43).

A competition is held in Seefeld on three days in a row, with the running distance increasing from 7.5 to 10 to 12.5 km. One jump each time. The top 15 of each day receive bonus points that give them a head start on the next day. Unlike in previous years, the time intervals after cross-country skiing are not important. Whoever reaches the finish line first on Sunday is the overall winner.

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