Johannes Lamparter of Austria has been the only man to put an end to Norway’s Jarl Magnus Riiber’s dominating grip on the sport. Lamparter quickly established himself as a double threat to other athletes on the ski jumping ramp and cross-country skiing course during his breakthrough season at the 2020-2021 FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. There, the 20-year-old ranked first in both the Large hill/10km event and team sprint to overthrow Riiber’s three year streak in first.
The Austrian became the second youngest individual at 19 years old to win a World Cup in the history of Nordic combined. He won the World Cup three weeks after winning the junior World title to become the first athlete since 1989 to win both the junior and senior titles. The last junior/senior World title was Trond Einar Elden of Norway.
Lamparter’s impressive World Cup accomplishments have been hit hard with defeat at the 2022 Winter Olympics. He is still searching for his first Olympic medal after missing the podium in the normal hill/10km race with a sixth place finish and again in the large hill/10km race. He took fourth in the large hill/10km event nine seconds after first place Joergen Graabak of Norway. The Austrian team was able to find the podium in the individual normal hill/10km when Lamparter’s compatriot Lukas Greiderer rounded out the last step winning bronze.
Riiber is not going down without a fight and will play to his strengths as an aggressive cross-country skier to hold competitors at bay. The Oslo, Norway, native is one of the most consistent Nordic combined athletes and won three of the last four World Cups in 2019, 2020 and 2021. He secured silver at the 2018 Winter Olympics in the men’s team event.
After making a wrong turn in the large hill/10km event on Thursday, Riiber watched as the gold medal slipped out of his fingers. He looks to clinch his first Olympic gold medal against Lamparter in the final Nordic combined event at the 2022 Winter Olympics. The team event takes place on Feb. 17 at 2:00 a.m. ET to close out the program.
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