Nordic Combined at PyeongChang 2018
Venues: Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre
Competition Dates: February 14, 20, 22 (Days 5, 11, 13)
Events: 3 (3 men)
Nordic combined incorporates ski jumping and cross-country skiing. It is the last sport on the Olympic program that is contested only by men. The ski jumping portion of the competition is held first, followed by a cross-country skiing pursuit race later that same day. Using the Gundersen method, the top finisher in ski jumping will be the first to start the cross-country race in which the start intervals are determined by the scores from the ski jumping. The first skier to cross the finish line is the winner.
There are two jump hills on which the ski jumping portion can be contested: normal hill and large hill.
In the men’s individual Gundersen normal hill/10km and individual Gundersen large hill/10km events, each competitor does one ski jump followed by a 10km cross-country race.
In the team event, the four athletes each do one ski jump from the large hill. The total score for the team determines the start order for the cross-country relay portion in which each team member skis a 5km leg.
Canadian History (Pre-PyeongChang 2018)
Canada has not yet won an Olympic medal in Nordic combined. The country’s best ever finish came at Lake Placid 1932 where Jostein Nordmoe placed 10th overall in the individual normal hill/18km cross-country. Canada’s most recent Olympic competitor was Jason Myslicki at Vancouver 2010, where he placed 45th and 44th in the men’s individual normal hill/10km cross-country and the men’s individual large hill/10km cross-country, respectively.