The steady development of ladies’ Nordic Combined is moving ahead this winter. With three Continental Cup weekends and six competitions with record starting fields already in the books, the Nordic Combined ladies have now completed the next historic step: the discipline’s first official ladies’ medals were awarded at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti (FIN).
33 athletes from 14 nations started in Finland and went through two days of training and a provisional competition round (PCR) before the big day was finally there: Ayane Miyazaki (JPN) crowned herself the first FIS Junior World Champion and will go down in the records of the discipline. After one jump and 5 km of cross-country skiing, she won with an advantage of 3.6 seconds ahead of silver medallist Gyda Westvold Hansen (NOR). Bronze went to Anju Nakamura (JNP).
Race Director Lasse Ottesen: “We are very pleased with the development of Ladies’ Nordic Combined in this season. Growing starting fields and impressive performances in the Continental Cup prove we are on the right path. With the first official medals now handed out, Ladies’ Nordic Combined has taken another big step towards to the first FIS World Championships in Oberstdorf 2021.”