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Johannes Rydzek

Nordic Combined GER

Johannes Rydzek

Johannes Rydzek
  • Birth date 12/09/1991
  • Birthplace Oberstdorf
  • Residence Oberstdorf
  • Height/Weight 5'10"/ 147 lbs
  • Olympics 2010, 2014

Biography

Johannes Rydzek from Germany started cross-country skiing alongside his parents as a child. Rydzek became interested in jumping after his father volunteered at the Four Hills Tournament, a cluster of ski jumping World Cup events. He unified the two sports, and his passion for Nordic combined was born – all before he turned 5 years old. At the 2010 Olympics, he claimed a bronze in the team event. The German team, with Rydzek’s help, improved to win the silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. His best individual Olympic finish came in Sochi, where he placed sixth on the normal hill.

At the 2015 World Championships, he won four medals, including gold on the normal hill. He was even better at the 2017 World Championships, where he won four gold medals – a feat no Nordic combined athlete had ever achieved. He enters the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics as the reigning world champion on the large hill and the two-time world champion on the normal hill.
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Getting to know Johannes Rydzek

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Owns a total of six world championships gold medals

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He’s outdoorsy, and enjoys mountaineering, climbing, and mountain biking

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He is an industrial engineering student

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