Nordic combined
Highest governing bodyInternational Ski Federation
First played1892, Holmenkollen Ski Festival, Oslo
Characteristics
Team membersIndividuals or groups
Mixed genderno
Presence
OlympicSince the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924

Nordic combined is a winter sport in which athletes compete in cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Nordic combined at the Winter Olympics and the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup are ongoing.

History

The first major competition was held in 1892 in Oslo at the first Holmenkollen ski jump. King Olav V of Norway was an able jumper and competed in the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in the 1920s. It was in the 1924 Winter Olympics and has been on the program ever since. Until the 1950s, the cross-country race was held first, followed by the ski jumping. This was reversed as the difference in the cross-country race tended to be too big to overcome in ski jumping. The sport has been dominated by the Norwegians, supported by the Finns. It was not until 1960 that the Nordic grip on this discipline was broken when West German Georg Thoma won the gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics.[1]

It was decided in early-November 2016 that women's competitions were to be established on FIS-level starting during the second half of the 2010s with inclusion at world championships starting in 2021 and at the Olympic Winter Games in 2022.[2] But Olympic debut for women in 2022 was cancelled in July 2018 by IOC who was asking for more development time for this discipline; they likely will be added in 2026. In May 2018 the FIS Congress made several decisions regarding the inclusion of women in the sport of Nordic Combined.[3] At the 2022 Winter Olympics, Nordic combined is the only sport with exclusively men's events. As of 2019, women will be officially included in FIS Junior World Championships. It was confirmed that 2021 will mark the start of the FIS World Championship program for women (senior level). 2018 marks the second year of the Continental Cup program for women, which will include a total of 12 events.

Competition

Formats and variations currently used in the World Cup are:[4]

Included in the rules but currently not used in World Cup:

Events in the Olympics are: the sprint K120 individual, ski jumping K90 (70m), and Team/4x5km.[5]

Equipment

References

  1. ^ a b "Nordic Combined Equipment and History". FIS. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Decisions of the Autumn 2016 FIS Council Meeting". International Ski Federation. 5 November 2016. Archived from the original on 8 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  3. ^ "FIS Congress: Historic steps for Nordic Combined Ladies". www.fis-ski.com. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  4. ^ "Nordic Combined World Cup". FIS. Archived from the original on 26 May 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Nordic Combined". IOC. Retrieved 11 November 2014.