Mario Stecher (AUT)
Mario Stecher (AUT)
Haavard Klemetsen (NOR)
Eric Frenzel (GER)
Mario Stecher (AUT), Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA), Björn Kircheisen (GER), Eric Frenzel (GER) (l-r)
Björn Kircheisen (GER)
Mario Stecher (AUT), Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA), Björn Kircheisen (GER) (l-r)


Mario Stecher (AUT, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated a sensational comeback after his serious injury and made a silver medal at normal hill followed by Björn Kircheisen (GER, Fischer skis and boots).
Stecher secured his hard-earned medal
After his fall in Seefeld nobody would have thought about a World Championship participation for Mario Stecher or even a medal for him: But the 35-year-old Austrian never gave up his hopes despite his serious knee injury and rejoined Austrian World Championship team eight weeks after his accident. After just twelve training jumps the athlete from Eisenerz reached incredible 106 metres with good upwinds and started 16 seconds behind Haavard Klemetsen (NOR, Fischer) in second spot into the cross-country race. He caught up this disadvantage together with his compatriot Bieler (AUT) within 1.5 kilometres and kept the pace high in the leading trio. After five kilometres the group increased by defending champion Eric Frenzel (GER, Fischer skis and boots), Taihei Kato (JPN, Fischer skis and boots) and Marjan Jelenko (SLO, Fischer) up to six athletes, before the last lap Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) and Björn Kircheisen closed the gap as well. With their great skis they directly took the lead but the decision was made not before the last uphill when Lamy Chappuis, Stecher and both Germans escaped. In the final stretch the Frenchman celebrated World Championship title followed by Mario Stecher and Björn Kircheisen. Defending champion Eric Frenzel came in only fourth. Fifth went to Haavard Klemetsen ahead of the JapaneseKato and Marjan Jelenko. Akito Watabe (JPN, Fischer skis and boots) finished ninth followed by Magnus Krog (NOR, Fischer).
HS106/10km, Val di Fiemme (ITA):
1. Jason Lamy Chappuis
FRA 00.29.13,20
2. Mario Stecher
AUT 00.29.13,40
3. Björn Kircheisen
GER 00.29.13,50
4. Eric Frenzel
GER 00.29.13,70
5. Haavard Klemetsen
NOR 00.29.29,40
6. Taihei Kato
JPN 00.29.37,90
7. Marjan Jelenko
SLO 00.29.45,50
8. Christoph Bieler
AUT 00.29.48,70
9. Akito Watabe
JPN 00.29.49,20
10. Magnus Krog
NOR 00.30.00,60
11. Sebastien Lacroix
FRA 00.30.08,90
11. Pavel Churavy
CZE 00.30.08,90
13. Bernhard Gruber
AUT 00.30.14,20
14. Bryan Fletcher
USA 00.30.14,40
15. Maxime Laheurte
FRA 00.30.15,60