First steps in ladies‘ Nordic Combined - “a dream come true”
Before this year’s Nordic Combined Grand Prix competitions in Obertsdorf (GER), the female athletes will take centre stage.
One of the athletes who will participate in the international training camp and competitions this summer is 21-year-old Tara Geraghty-Moats (USA). Tara has been a Nordic Combined athlete at heart for many years, with a background in Ski Jumping, Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon.
Find out more about her thoughts and feelings about ladies’ Nordic Combined:
What do the recent developments in ladies’ Nordic Combined mean to you?
Personally, it means a lot. My whole athletic career, I have gone back and forth between Ski Jumping and Cross-Country Skiing. I grew up training at my local club with a group of juniors of Nordic Combiners. In training, I did the same programme as the boys but when the time came for the competitions there was no opportunity for me because I was a girl.
I'm lucky that I had the support as a younger athlete to do both Ski Jumping, and Cross-Country, and enjoyed a lot of success in both sports. However, I hope that the next generation of girls who are talented at both Ski Jumping and Cross-Country Skiing will have Nordic Combined as an option to pursue.
What sets Nordic Combined apart from Ski Jumping and Cross-Country Skiing?
It combines the toughness of Ski Jumping and hard core mentality of Cross-Country Skiing. To be an exceptional Nordic Combiner you must be a well-rounded, incredibly versatile athlete, that not only has the nerve and focus of a jumper, but also the dedication and persistence of a Cross-Country skier.
What is your vision for the future of ladies’ Nordic Combined?
I would like to see a World Championship event for ladies’ Nordic Combined before I retire, as well as a test event for the World Cup or World Championships in the next couple of years. That would be a dream come true!