Austrian nordic combined skier David Kreiner became the 55th man to win a World Cup contest with his carer first victory in Chaux-Neuve, France today (Jan.22).

After starting in more than 140 World Cup events, Kreiner (29) grabbed the top of the podium today with the 7th best jump and fifth-fastest cross country time to edge Norway’s Mikko Kokslien in second and Austrain teammate Felix Gottwald in third. Kokslien had the day’s fastest cross country time (21:01.8) on the 10 k track.

Overall World Cup leader, Jason Lamy Chappuis of France just missed the podium in fourth after leading the way in the jumping portion with a 113.5-meter leap. 

“This is a very special day for me, and a really great moment. The first World Cup victory is always something important,” said Kreiner who had collected four World Cup podiums before today. “Thanks to the great crowd here in Chaux-Neuve, they cheered for everybody and were really fair.”
 
The American men were again led by Bryan Fletcher who turned in yet another strong performance, moving up from 25th in the jump to finish 21st overall

The race also marked the return to action of Olympic champion Billy Demong following the birth of his baby boy Liam a week ago. Demong struggled in the jump, finishing 49th, but blistered the cross country with the third fastest time to finish 22nd. It was Fletcher’s sixth time in the points this year.

“Bryan is solid and it was tight today,” said U.S. nordic combined head coach Dave Jarrett. “He jumped solidly and had four and a half out of five good laps and almost managed to stay in the top 20, which was the goal for the day. A few more meters on his jump and he could be challenging for the top 10.”

While Demong’s jump was off pace, he picked up great confidence in cross country.

“Bill had quite a bit more presence in the race and looked more and more like his normal self,” said Jarrett. “Today will make him feel better and more confident for tomorrow. At least on the cross country side he’s more like normal. That could take the pressure off on the jump.”

It was Johnny Spillane’s (31st overall) third event back from a knee injury and he, too, saw great strength in his cross country with the 13th fastest time. “Every race for Johnny is getting stronger and stronger,” added Jarrett. “Johnny is good enough in cross country and if he jumps well he can hold his own. He hasn’t been jumping that much since the comeback. He needs more consistent jumps to get into a rhythm and to feel confident.”

Action continues in Chaux-Neuve Sunday with another large hill event before the World Cup takes a long break for the World Championships which start in a month. The U.S. team will be named this week.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result
 1  7  137 KREINER David  1981  AUT   21:59.2
 2  17  1149 KOKSLIEN Mikko  1985  NOR   21:59.8
 3  16  35 GOTTWALD Felix  1976  AUT   22:00.7
 4  1  610 LAMY CHAPPUIS Jason  1986  FRA   22:02.4
 5  4  252 GRUBER Bernhard  1982  AUT   22:07.1
 6  14  459 LACROIX Sebastien  1983  FRA   22:10.7
 7  3  111 BIELER Christoph  1977  AUT   22:19.9
 8  2  1152 RYYNAENEN Janne  1988  FIN   22:20.2
 9  11  1464 RUNGGALDIER Lukas  1987  ITA   22:27.0
 10  8  419 KLEMETSEN Haavard  1979  NOR   22:29.9
 11  21  1029 PITTIN Alessandro  1990  ITA   22:33.2
 12  10  1136 WATABE Akito  1988  JPN   22:35.8
 13  22  351 EDELMANN Tino  1985  GER   22:47.7
 14  24  349 HURSCHLER Seppi  1983  SUI   22:49.5
 15  32  973 MOAN Magnus-H.  1983  NOR   22:54.4
 16  12  606 BRAUD Francois  1986  FRA   23:02.4
 17  6  1669 STORLIEN Gudmund  1990  NOR   23:04.6
 18  29  1650 SCHMID Jan  1983  NOR   23:05.1
 19  27  590 RYDZEK Johannes  1991  GER   23:05.3
 20  5  214 DENIFL Wilhelm  1980  AUT   23:06.0
 21  25  1067 FLETCHER Bryan  1986  USA   23:13.0
 22  49  222 DEMONG Bill  1980  USA   23:18.2
 23  33  203 HEER Ronny  1981  SUI   23:26.3
 24  30  715 ORANIC Mitja  1986  SLO   23:29.3
 25  18  1050 FRENZEL Eric  1988  GER   23:29.4
 26  43  205 KOBAYASHI Norihito  1982  JPN   23:30.2
 27  47  592 KLAPFER Lukas  1985  AUT   23:31.3
 28  20  216 TAKAHASHI Daito  1980  JPN   23:32.4
 29  15  609 LAHEURTE Maxime  1985  FRA   23:33.2
 30  13  1418 BERLOT Gasper  1990  SLO   23:33.4
 31  42  247 SPILLANE Johnny  1980  USA   23:33.8
 32  26  591 KAMMERLANDER Tobias  1986  AUT   23:46.1
 33  36  257 KIRCHEISEN Bjoern  1983  GER   23:54.8
 34  37  27 LODWICK Todd  1976  USA   23:56.2
 35  9  683 RIAN Espen  1981  NOR   24:01.2
 36  46  768 MINATO Yusuke  1985  JPN   24:05.3
 37  34  416 SLAVIK Tomas  1981  CZE   24:08.6
 38  38  680 TANDE Petter L.  1985  NOR   24:11.3
 39  41  623 HUG Tim  1987  SUI   24:15.8
 40  23  727 KATO Taihei  1984  JPN   24:19.9
 41  28  1059 REUSCHEL Sebastian  1988  GER   24:25.3
 42  31  1527 GUY Samuel  1990  FRA   24:43.3
 43  19  1296 BOESL Wolfgang  1989  GER   24:55.1
 44  45  1003 DVORAK Miroslav  1987  CZE   24:58.2
 45  39  1482 VAEHAESOEYRINKI Eetu  1990  FIN   25:19.8
 46  51  1164 FELISAZ Jonathan  1985  FRA   25:26.5
 47  50  1548 HAERTULL Jim  1990  FIN   25:29.0
 48  48  1204 MARTIN Nicolas  1989  FRA   25:29.0
 49  40  1571 AIRIAU Gautier  1991  FRA   25:33.6
 50  52  1528 LAFARGE Geoffrey  1989  FRA   25:43.7
 51  44  1444 SCHMID Tommy  1988  SUI   25:54.9
Did not start
   54  294 GUENTER Andreas  1988  GER   
   53  643 MICHIELLI Giuseppe  1985  ITA   
   18  215 CHURAVY Pavel  1977  CZE   
Did not finish
   35  347 BEETZ Christian  1984  GER   

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