Nordic combined event canceled
High winds Sunday forced officials to cancel the remaining event of the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup opener in Ruka, just as it had Saturday for ski jumping. The tour now heads across Scandinavia to the Olympic venue of Lillehammer to try it again next weekend. There was no immediate word on rescheduling.
"For the first time, we had to cancel both of our opening events here in Ruka," said FIS Nordic Combined Tour Director Lasse Ottesen. "The wind conditions this weekend have been too strong and in the line of safety for our athletes, we have had no chance to complete any jumps since Friday. So the World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway, next weekend will be our opening event of the 2015-16 season and we are very much looking forward to finally get underway."
The USA had four athletes in Ruka including brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, Colorado), Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, Wisconsin) and Jasper Good (Steamboat Springs), who was to make his World Cup debut.
The U.S. athletes spent the day at the jumps Sunday waiting for a wind break that never came. They then went out and scrimmaged the Norwegians in a cross-country matchup, with Bryan Fletcher third and Taylor Fletcher fifth in the informal competition.
The lift, called Over and Out, will pick up guests near the base of the Tombstone Express lift and drop them off near the top of Sunrise lift, allowing skiers to more easily descend into Canyons Village.