Again this year, the jury, consisting of 11 international sports journalists, and the fans voted in various categories for the Nordic Combined Awards.
In March 2022, after a long and exciting season, the jury voted from the nominees in the following categories:
Men’s Athlete of the Year
– Geiger, Vinzenz (GER)
– Graabak, Joergen (NOR)
– Ilves, Kristjan (EST)
– Lamparter, Johannes (AUT)
– Riiber, Jarl Magnus (NOR)
Winner: Jarl Magnus Riiber (NOR)
Women’s Athlete of the Year
– Westvold Hansen, Gyda (NOR)
– Hirner, Lisa (AUT)
– Sieff, Annika (ITA)
– Volavsek, Ema (SLO)
Winner: Gyda Westvold Hansen (NOR)
Men’s Team Member/Coach of the Year
– Hüttel, Horst (GER)
– Loit, Rauno (EST)
– Stecher, Mario (AUT)
– Stuan, Ivar (NOR)
Winner: Ivar Stuan (NOR)
Women’s Team Member/Coach of the Year
– Aicher, Bernhard (AUT)
– Hendrickson, Nick (USA)
– Kjelbotn, Thomas (NOR)
– Pertile, Ivo (ITA)
– Yamada, Kazuyoshi (JPN)
Winner: Thomas Kjelbotn (NOR)
Rookie of the Year (M/W)
– Hagen, Ida Marie (NOR)
– Schmid, Julian (GER)
– Yamamoto, Ryota (JPN)
– Volavsek, Ema (SLO)
Winner: Julian Schmid (GER)
In an online voting, the fans had the chance to choose their “Moment of the Year”:
Moment of the Year (M/W)
– 1st Mixed Team event (Val di Fiemme)
– 1st Women’s Mass Start (Otepää)
– Terence Weber’s 1st World Cup victory (Ruka)
– Jarl Magnus Riiber taking the wrong turn (Beijing)
– Eric Frenzel’s tough fight (Beijing)
Winner: Terence Weber’s 1st World Cup victory (Ruka)
This year, a “Fairplay Award” was also presented.
The special award went to the press attaché of the Austrian Ski Association (ÖSV), Clemens Derganc, for his selfless commitment at the start of the season in Ruka (FIN).
After Vinzenz Geiger had forgotten his transponders, but noticed this before the start and ran back to the team area, the Austrian didn’t hesitate and threw the transponders the German had left behind, over the fence to Geiger to safe time, allowing him to return to the start in time and even achieve a podium finish in the end.
This transnational, fair gesture should not go unnoticed, as it is a symbol of the strong cohesion in the Nordic Combined family.
– Clemens Derganc (AUT)
The awards were presented after the final competitions in Schonach (GER).