The résumé of the Nordic Combined meetings during the Dubrovnik week is positive. The participants noted that the new competition format (one jump, followed by a 10km cross-country race) has fundamentally stood the test. For example, the number of competitions shown live on TV doubled compared with the previous season. Live broadcasts could be seen in Norway, Austria, Germany, Finland and Russia along with Eurosport (Eurosport Germany and Eurosport pan-Europe).
The rule changes proposed for Ski Jumping also apply to Nordic Combined. By contrast to the specialist jumpers, however, the Summer Grand Prix will not count as the first competition period (in reference to national quotas).
“For Nordic Combined, our focus is on using the encouraging foundation built last season to effect further consolidation in calendar planning and to continue to improve the general circumstances for our events,” commented Walter Hofer, Head of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined at FIS.
For the 2009/2010 DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup calendar click here.
Contributed by Egon Theiner