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Olympic Nordic Combined
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Much like the Olympic biathlon that combines two separate disciplines in one sport, the Nordic Combined pairs the elegance and technical grace of ski jumping with the physical stamina required of Olympic cross-country skiing.

The Nordic Combined, as the name implies, began in Northern Europe with Norwegian skiers dominating the sport since it was first included in the Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix - Mont Blanc in 1924.

It wasn't until 1952 that the rules were changed to reverse the order of the two sports, providing a spectacular start to the event - in which athletes become airborne and then land to begin their cross-country trek.

There are three heats in the Nordic Combined, two individual and one team event. For the Individual Gundersen event, ski jumping takes place at a height of 90 meters. For the team and the sprint events, the jump takes place at 120 meters. The cross-country portion of the Individual Gundersen event has a 15km race, the sprint a 7.5km race, and the team event has a 4x5km relay.

Currently, the Nordic Combined competition is open to men only.

 

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DID YOU KNOW? Olympic Nordic Combined fun facts

• In the late 19th century, the sport gained fame at the Holmenkollen ski festival in Norway where the main event was the Nordic combined. King Olav V of Norway himself participated in the festival during the 1920s.

• Nordic combined individual events have been included in every Winter Olympics since the first Games in 1924. Since then, Norway (surprised?) has dominated the sport ever since.

• Although Olympic Nordic Combined is still "men only", the women’s version of the sport is gaining in popularity worldwide. The latest petition to include women in the sport was made in 2017 for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

 

More about Olympic Nordic Combined around the Web:

International Olympic Committee - Nordic Combined - Overview of the Nordic Combined competitions, list of events, Olympic records, athlete profiles, picture gallery, related links.

Team USA- Skiing - The official site featuring the latest news and updates, athlete profiles, Olympic records.

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