Eric Frenzel targets all-time Nordic Combined World Cup wins record
Three-time Olympic champion Eric Frenzel will attempt to regain the Crystal Globe for overall winner as the new FIS Nordic Combined World Cup season starts this weekend in Ruka, Finland.
The German, who won two of his gold medals at PyeongChang 2018, finished sixth last season after winning the title five years in a row.
Japan's Akito Watabe was the biggest beneficiary of Frenzel's focus on the Games, as the Olympic normal hill silver medallist ended up clinching the World Cup crown.
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Germans took all three gold medals on offer in Korea, with flagbearer Frenzel taking the normal hill title alongside the team relay.
The 29-year-old, who is in his 12th year of World Cup competition, won the Crystal Globe from 2012/13 through to 2016/17.
And the bad news for his rivals is that he intends to compete at least until the next Olympic Winter Games, Beijing 2022.
"I have done a lot of analysis with my coach and our national team coach. That was so motivating that I have decided I will go on for another four years," he said.
Also on Frenzel's radar is the World Cup wins record. He goes into the season with 43 wins, needing just six to surpass Finland's Hannu Manninen.
The other individual gold medallist in PyeongChang was large hill champion Johannes Rydzek, who won two World Cup events last year. Fellow team relay champion Fabian Riessle is also expected to do well this season, having clinched four wins to finish third overall last campaign.
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And don't forget Norway, who have historically been strong at Nordic Combined too.
Joergen Graabak claimed two gold medals at Sochi 2014 before taking team silver in PyeongChang, while teammate Jan Schmid finished second overall behind Watabe last season.
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Full 2018/19 FIS Nordic Combined World Cup calendar
(All competitions and dates are subject to change.)
23–25 November Ruka, Finland: Gundersen Large Hill, Team Relay
29 November–2 December Lillehammer, Norway: Gundersen Large Hill, Mass Start
21–23 December Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria: Gundersen Normal Hill
4–6 January Otepää, Estonia: Gundersen Normal Hill
10–13 January Val di Fiemme, Italy: Gundersen Large Hill, Team Sprint
13–17 January Chaux-Neuve, France: Gundersen Large Hill (Nordic Combined Triple)
25–27 January Trondheim, Norway: Gundersen Large Hill
1–3 February Klingenthal, Germany: Gundersen Large Hill
8–10 February Lahti, Finland: Gundersen Large Hill, Team Sprint
8–9 March Oslo, Norway: Gundersen Large Hill
15–17 March Schonach, Germany: Gundersen Normal Hill