One of the most physically grueling sports on the Winter Olympic programme is the Nordic Combined competition. Since each athlete must carry out both ski jumping, which requires high technique and audacity, and cross country skiing, which takes great physical strength, the 2018 Winter Games will see some of the world’s fittest males converge on the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre and the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in February 2018.
In the individual event, German Eric Frenzel will look to defend his Sochi 2014 gold medal at his third Games at PyeongChang, The three-time Olympic medallist’s main rivals will come from fellow German teammate Johannes Rydzek who finished 6th at Sochi but a close second to Frenzel on the 2017 FIS Overall Nordic Combined world rankings; and Sochi 2014 silver medallist Akito Watabe from Japan who finished third on the 2017 world rankings.
As always, the Norwegians and the Germans will be two of the toughest nations to beat in the team event.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Australia is not anticipating to qualify any athletes for Nordic Combined at PyeongChang 2018, however for details on the qualification process, click here >>>
Competition Format & Events
Nordic combined has its 5,000 year-old roots in Norway. All three Nordic combined events consist of a ski jumping competition and a cross-country skiing race. Each nation can enter up to four competitors, who do not need to be the same in the individual and team competitions. There is no Nordic combined event for women.
In the two individual events the ski jumping competition runs first where athletes are judged on their length and style. The ski jumping result determined the start order for the cross-country event. The winner of the ski jumping competition starts in first place and the points from ski jumping are converted into time differences (4 seconds later for each single point) for the starting order of the cross-country race. The 10km cross-country event takes four laps around a 2.5km course , and the first athlete who finishes the course by arriving at the finish line is the winner.
Individual Gundersen NH/10km
This event consists of two scored ski jumps on the normal hill (90m) and a 10km cross-country ski race.
Individual Gundersen LH/10km
This event is contested with a ski jump on the large-hill (120m) and a 10km cross-country race.
The event consists of two scored ski jumps from the large hill (120m) and a cross-country relay 4x5km freestyle race. Each team consists of four jumpers who take two jumps in the first part of the competition. The team's score in the jumping portion is the total score of the eight jumps. The same skiers who participate in the jumping must compete in the 4x5km relay and the start order is determined by ski jumping results, with team behind the leader staring 1.33 seconds later for each individual poi t they’re behind. The winner is the team whose final skier crosses the finish line first.
Australia and Olympic Nordic Combined
Hal Nerdal represented Australia in Nordic Combined at the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley and there hasn’t been another Australian achieve this feat since. Nerdal participated in the 60m jump and the 15 kilometre cross country, gaining 332.387pts and placing 31st overall.
Pre-PyeongChang AUS Tally
Competition days: 3 (days 5, 11, 13)
- Medal Events
3 (3 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)
- Total Athletes
Total athletes: 55 (55 male, 0 female)
- AUS Athletes