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Jarl Magnus Riiber (NOR), was on the podium 3 times in 3 days at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Seefeld (AUT). Photo: Nordic Focus

The 2019 World Championships preview in Seefeld was also a final chance to race before the Olympics.

Jarl Magnus Riiber (NOR) posted three podium finishes in three days at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup mini tour.

“I had amazing skis, and I also did well at the jumping hill. Having been on the podium three times in three days I know I have my skiing under control, and I have gained a lot of confidence going into the Olympics in less than two weeks,” Riiber says after the final 15km skate race.

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Jarl Magnus Riiber (NOR), was on the podium 3 times in 3 days at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Seefeld (AUT). Photo: Nordic Focus

Jarl Magnus Riiber (NOR), was on the podium 3 times in 3 days at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Seefeld (AUT). Photo: Nordic Focus

In the FIS cross-country World Cup, Heidi Weng (NOR) back on the podium again for a final test before the Olympics, which open on February 9. Based on her second place in the women’s 10km skate mass start on Sunday, she feels on track for the Winter Games in South Korea.

“I felt strong, and I feel like I could have been faster, but I did a couple of tactical mistakes on the final lap,” Weng said after her race.

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) was fourth, but is content with her performance considering the training load and altitude camp leading up to the race weekend.

“I am happy with my race. I skied well and my technique is solid, but I didn’t make the best tactical choices today and spent a lot of time at the front pulling the pack. But I feel like I am on track, and I am confident that my training plan will do the trick,” Østberg says.

This was the final World Cup weekend before the Olympics.

Heidi Weng pushing for the finish line at the World Cup in Seefeld (AUT). Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng pushing for the finish line at the World Cup in Seefeld (AUT). Photo:
Nordic Focus

50,000 Tickets Gone

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) at the 2015 World Championships in Falun (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) at the 2015 World Championships in Falun (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) at the 2015 World Championships in Falun (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

The 2017 FIS Nordic World Championships in Lahti (FIN) have already sold more than 50,000 tickets to the events.

Stadium tickets for several of the most popular events are already sold out, both for cross-country and the jumping competitions, organizers announced last week.

The most popular days are Friday, March 3, when the men’s relay and the Nordic Combined Team Sprint are on the schedule. Then follows the first Saturday of the Championships, February 25, with cross-country skiathlon races for men and women, as well as the men’s normal hill jumping competition on the schedule.

The 2017 FIS Nordic World Championships open on February 22 and conclude on March 5, 2017. The organizers are expecting more than 700 athletes from 60 countries, and a TV audience of more than 500 million worldwide. Check out the 2017 FIS Nordic World Championships web site for details.

However, the 2017 FIS World Cup season opens in only a couple of months, with cross-country and Nordic combined races in Ruka (FIN) on November 26-27, 2016.

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