Cross-Country Skiing

In classical cross-country skiing technique, athletes use a diagonal stride in which both skis stay parallel to each other. In freestyle, which is generally faster, the athlete pushes the inside edge of the ski simultaneously backward and outward at about a 45-degree angle, similar to the motions of ice skating. Cross-country skiing also comprise part of the biathlon and nordic combined events.

2018 Events

Cross-country skiing at the Winter Olympics comprise 12 events (6 for men, 6 for women):

Thorleif Haug (Norway) 1924 Thorleif Haug (Norway) won three gold medals
at the inaugural 1924 Winter Olympics
at Chamonix, France



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