Oberstdorf started with the training and PCR on Thursday evening. This time we had perfect weather: blue sky, sunshine but unfortunately also windy. That’s why the training started later. Luckily this was the only long wind break. All in all the weather was perfect for taking flight pictures. :) The PCR was won by Evgeniy Klimov with a jump on 134,5m ahead of Jason Lamy Chappuis (135,0m , +0:13). Marjan Jelenko became third (129,5m , +0:34).
On Friday we had an Individual Gundersen. During the trial round we had again sunny weather, but it changed to heavy rain in the competition round. It got better before the race started. The jumping round was won by Johannes Rydzek with 133,5m. Eric Frenzel (131,5m , +0:19) became second ahead of Maxime Laheurte (131,5m , +0:25). Rydzek was again unstoppable. It was a start-finish victory for him in his hometown. The German team showed another strong performance with the next triple victory. Eric Frenzel became second (+41.2), Björn Kircheisen third (+42.3).
The next day was already the final day of this years SGP. For the final we had a 15km Gundersen and two jumping rounds. Only the best 30 athletes of the summer were allowed to start. And this time also the weather showed its best side and we could enjoy a nice competition without any raincoats and umbrellas! Johannes Rydzek was again unbeatable in the jumping round. He won with jumps on 135,0m and 136,5m ahead of Christoph Bieler (137,0m , 133,0m , + 0:49) and his teammate Eric Frenzel (130,5m , 128,0m , + 1:11). The 15km race was again dominated by Rydzek. Nobody was able to follow him so he also won the last race of the SGP. Eric Frenzel became second (+ 1:33.6) ahead of Lukas Greiderer from Austria (+ 1:41.2)!
It was a historic day for Johannes Rydzek, who is the first who has won all competitions of the SGP! For sure he was the overall winner ahead of his teammates Eric Frenzel and Björn Kircheisen. So it was definitely the SGP of the German team. Let’s see if they can keep it up for the upcoming winter season.
Not only the World Cup athletes had their SGP in Oberstdorf – also the children Grand Prix took place. This time not only for the young boys – also the girls had their first international competition in Oberstdorf! It is really great to see, that also the young girls got their chance to compete against each other and let’s see if there will be also some competitions for them in winter. The pictures of the victory ceremonies of the young girls and boys can also be found in the SGP albums.
ALL photos of the SGP are now online! Enjoy! :)