Some of you may be unaware of what Nordic Combination is, so here is a short overview for you. Considered the king of all Nordic Sports, this hybrid event combines Ski jumping and Cross-Country skiing and pushes the athletes to their physical limits. Having been dominated by the Norwegians until recent times however, competitors from 15 different nations have come to Innsbruck this week to fight for the much desired spots on the podium.
Both disciplines of this competition require a huge amount of training, commitment and dedication. The two disciplines require very different physical attributes which is why the sport can be very intense in both training and competitions.
At the Winter World Masters Games 2020 the results of the main Ski Jumping competition will be used to calculate the time penalties for the athletes. For example, the ski jumper with the best score will start the cross-country race at 00:00:00 and all other athletes will start behind in relation to their jumping score. The first athlete across the finish line wins the competition.
The event will take place in Seefeld, approximately 20 km west of Innsbruck, on Wednesday 15th. Seefeld has cemented its place in the Nordic Combined scene after hosting the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2019 and will not fail to disappoint this time.
Both events are a battle of grit and determination and are sure to be a big magnets for the crowd!
Here is a link to all Ski Jumping news & results: https://www.innsbruck2020.com/en/sport/ski-jumping.
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Curling 12-17.1. in Kitzbühel
Curling is a sport that takes place on the ice, open air or indoors, and is derived from the Scottish word “tae curl” (meaning to twist). The sport has existed since the 16th century and is also known as “chess on ice”. Curling was first played in Scotland, but back in the day it was more about throwing the stones. Today it is a team sport and is characterized by precision, tactics and teamwork. Curling became an Olympic discipline for the first time in 1998 in Nagano. Mixed doubles have only been an Olympic discipline since Pyeongchang 2018.
The aim of the game is to get as many of your stones as close as possible to a given target mark. The team with the stone closest to the target at the end gets the point. The target, called house, is at the other end of the field.
At WWMG, curling will be held from January 12th-17th in and will take place in Kitzbühel.
The mixed competitions are carried out by teams of 2 women and 2 men who are 35+. A mixed double is played by 1 woman and 1 man who are at least 50 years old.
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All about cross-country skiing
Cross-country skiing is one of the Nordic disciplines and it is a popular sport among amateurs because it is very healthy and all muscle groups are being moved.
The use of skis, which were used to glide on snow during hunting, was mentioned as early as the times of the Romans, Greek and Chinese.
Cross-country skiing has been an integral part of the Olympic program since 1924. Until the late 1970s, only the classic style was known, before the skating technique was added. Skating is faster and the movement can be compared to ice skating. Classic style is running in a track. The WWMG feature classic and skating. 30km, 15km, 7.5km and relay races are held for women and men. All disciplines are for athletes over 30 and take place in Seefeld.
The competitions start on January 12th with the classic style long distance race. Over 500 participants have been registered. The oldest female participant was born in 1938, the oldest man in 1934.
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