Growing up in Solothurn, Switzerland, Tim Hug had always been skiing as a child but came into contact with ski jumping for the first time when his older brother Jan attended a trial day during the school holidays. Young Tim was hooked and up on the hill in Kandersteg at 8 years of age to try jumping himself. After getting over his initial fear, there was no stopping him and so he turned to Nordic Combined, although the sport is not really popular in Switzerland and the athletes have to deal with very small teams and receive not a lot of funding.
So for Hug, who has more of less been starting as a Swiss "one man show" in the last seasons, the situation has not been easy but he proves to still be fascinated from the contrast between elasticity-based ski jumping and the endurance required for cross-country skiing. Even though the conditions for an athletic career as a Nordic Combined skier were not ideal in Switzerland, Hug has seen his best season so far in the winter of 2013/14 with three Top Ten ranks and his first World Cup win at the Russian venue of Chaikovskiy, six years after his World Cup debut at Seefeld, Austria. Hug has also represented his country at five Olympic and eight World Championship competitions