Nordic Combined at the Winter Olympics
Nordic combined comprises both ski jumping and cross-country skiing disciplines. Nordic combined was first held at the Winter Olympics in 1924, and has been on the program ever since. At the Winter Olympics the Nordic Combined event remains the only event solely for men, even though in 2014 a women's event was added to the ski jump program. Despite a strong push by FIS, a women’s Nordic combined will not be joining the men’s event at Milan Cortina 2026.
Events for 2022
- Individual (large hill /10 km men)
- Individual (normal hill /10 km men)
- Team (large hill/4 x 5 km)
Ski jumping is held first, followed by the cross-country skiing race (though earlier Olympic events had this order reversed). The cross country race is currently held as a pursuit race, meaning that the competitors start at different intervals, and the winner of the combined event is the first to cross the finish line.
- Nordic combined was first held at the Winter Olympics in 1924
- Initially, the cross-country skiing portion was 18km, which was reduced to 15 km at the 1956 Winter Olympics.
- In 1988 the scoring system changed, so the 15 km cross country section would go from an interval start race to a pursuit race, so that whoever crossed the finish line first won the event.
- The team event was added for the 1988 Winter Olympics, which involved a 3 x 10 km cross country relay. This was changed to a 4 x 5 km cross-country relay for the 1998 Winter Olympics onwards.
- A 7.5 km sprint event was added at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
- In 2010 the 15 km combined was replaced by a 10 km individual normal hill event while the 7.5 km sprint was replaced by the 10 km individual large hill event.