Nordic Combined is one of the oldest Winter Universiade disciplines. It brings together all the thrills and excitement of both Ski Jumping and Cross-Country Skiing. This exciting snow sport is a FISU recognised sport and is an optional one host cities can add to their FISU Games programme.
The History of Nordic Combined in FISU
Nordic Combined’s history with university sport goes back to the traditional International Winter Weeks which were held in 1951 in Bad Gastein, 1953 in Saint Moritz, 1955 in Yugoslavia, 1957 in Oberammergau and 1959 in Zell am See. The sport had its premiere at the first edition of the Winter Universiade in Chamonix, France, in 1960. From the 3rd edition of the Winter Universiade (1964) in Spindleruv Mlyn (CZE) onwards, the new rules of FIS to calculate the points for Nordic Combined have been applied.
Soviet and Japanese students have shown their international class throughout the history of Nordic Combined at the FISU Games. However, athletes from other countries have had great success such as Georg HETTICH (GER) who participated in the Winter Universiade 2005 in Innsbruck and won the gold medal and then took first place in Gundersen and third place in Sprint at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino. rules of FIS to calculate the points for Nordic Combined have been applied.
For the first time in sports history, Lake Placid 2023 hosted the Mixed Team competition, where specialists in Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, and Cross-Country Skiing competed together. Additionally, Lake Placid marked another milestone as it welcomed female athletes to participate in the competition for the very first time.