In Nordic Combined, the men’s World Cup calendar was discussed. New elements include an opening mini-tour with three events in Ruka (FIN) in the 2017/18 season and in Lillehammer (NOR) in the 2018/19 season.
Unlike the Triple, where athletes take their competition results with them from day to day, the three-day tour will be driven by World Cup points only. All athletes are allowed to start on all three days and the athlete with most World Cup points after day three wins the tour.
To raise the stakes, prize money at each of the three single events will go to the Top Three and the rest will be distributed among the Top 20 of the overall standings at the end of the tour.
Special bibs for best jumper and skier
The Nordic Combined Committee was in favour of introducing a blue bib for the best ski jumper and a red bib for the best cross-country skier based on their World Cup performances. After a successful test during this year’s summer Grand Prix, the best jumpers and cross-country skiers will collect points for their performances throughout the upcoming World Cup season and each will receive CHF 7,000 in prize money at the season finals.
Ladies’ Nordic Combined continues to grow
The Committee members expressed their satisfaction with the growth of ladies’ Nordic Combined including the recent inclusion on the programme of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. To give more girls the chance to experience the test event at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in late January 2018 in Kandersteg (SUI), the Committee proposes to include athletes born in 2003 to the eligible age group.