The traditional Spring Meetings at Hilton Airport Hotel in Zürich on the past weekend featured the annual meetings of the Sub-Committee for Officials, Rules and Control and the Nordic Combined Executive Board.
Next to extensive reports on the past World Cup, Continental Cup and Youth Cup seasons as well as on the work of the different FIS Officials, proposals for new rules and rule changes were discussed in both bodies. The proposals and the recommendations of the Sub-Committee and Executive Board will now be sent to all National Ski Associations for comment before the Nordic Combined Committee and finally the FIS Council will make final decisions at the FIS Calendar Conference in Cavtat-Dubrovnik at the end of May.
Traditionally, the first drafts of the calendars for the upcoming season, the Summer Grand Prix and the long-term drafts for the winters 2020/21 and 2021/22 were presented:
Extended Summer Grand Prix 2019
The Summer Grand Prix 2019 will be one of the most extensive ones to date and feature three German venues, one stop in Austria and one in Slovenia. The Nordic Combined men and ladies will share the first three venues of the tour and kick off the Nordic Combined Summer on the 24th and 25th of August in Oberwiesenthal (GER). The first-ever Nordic Combined Mixed Team event could open this year’s Summer Grand Prix on August 24, provided the Nordic Combined Executive Board and FIS Council agree.
The tour will return continue in Klingenthal, where the men are set to compete on the HS 140 Vogtlandarena, while the ladies jump on the HS 85 Vogtlandschanze. After this mid-week event, men, ladies and the FIS Youth Cup will return to Oberhof. This marks the return to the former traditional Nordic Combined venue after an absence of nine years and is the first time, men, ladies and the youngsters of the discipline are together in one venue at the same time.
The Summer Grand Prix tour will then continue for another week with a mid-week event and two weekend competitions in Austria (venue TBC) and Planica (SLO). However, changes of the competition formats and venues are still possible until the FIS Calendar Conference in Dubrovnik.
World Cup 2019/20
The Viessmann FIS Nordic Combined World Cup starts with the three-event Ruka Tour at the end of November and also the traditional Christmas World Cup in Ramsau am Dachstein (AUT) is confirmed already for the 21st and 22nd of December. New organisers Otepää (EST) will be returning with competitions in January, same as Val di Fiemme (ITA), where Nordic Combined will once again share the floor with the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup. Back on the calendar is Oberstdorf (GER), where the test events for the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships will take place.
After this, the Nordic Combined TRIPLE returns to Seefeld, its traditional host venue and the Norwegian city of Trondheim will host another full Nordic Combined weekend at the end of February. Lahti, Oslo and Schonach will conclude the season 2019/20 in the usual manner.
Discussions with additional venues are still ongoing and a final World Cup calendar will be presented at the FIS Calendar Conference in Cavtat-Dubrovnik.
The men’s and ladies Continental Cup will begin with joint events in Park City (USA) again before the men move to a Junior World Championship test event in Oberwiesenthal (GER). The ladies will join the Viessmann FIS Nordic Combined World Cup for a weekend in Otepää (EST) before the young athletes of both Continental Cup circuits travel to Lausanne for the Youth Olympic Games in early January, a premiere for the Nordic Combined ladies.
The men’s tour continues on the large hill in Klingenthal (GER) and both, ladies and men will reunite in Rena (NOR) in late January. The men make a quick trip to Planica (SLO) before ladies and men share the Austrian venue of Eisenerz right before the FIS Junior World Championships take place in Oberwiesenthal (GER). A large hill weekend for the men’s tour in Lahti (FIN) preceded the joint Continental Cup finals in Nizhny Tagil (RUS), which feature three events for each gender again.
Also here, final calendars will be presented at the FIS Calendar Conference in Cavtat-Dubrovnik at the end of May.