The final Nordic Combined competition calendars for the winter season 2020/21 remain largely unchanged compared to the versions presented in spring. The final versions were presented during the Nordic Combined Committee meeting at the FIS Autumn Meetings today.
The men will open their World Cup as planned in Ruka (FIN) with the three competitions of the Ruka Tour and will be joined by the Nordic Combined women in Lillehammer (NOR). The women’s first-ever World Cup weekend contains of two Individual Gundersen events.
As planned, the men’s tour continues in Ramsau (AUT) and Otepää (EST), where it will be joined by the women again for two more of their World Cup events.
The men continue in Val di Fiemme (ITA), Lahti (FIN), Seefeld (AUT), Klingenthal (GER) and with the Olympic test events in Beijing (CHN). An open weekend will provide much needed rest and relaxation before men and women meet again at the season highlight: the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf.
Here, good news came in terms of the much-anticipated World Championship premiere of Women’s Nordic Combined: It was possible to move the inaugural Nordic Combined women’s competition at the WSC in Oberstdorf from Monday to an attractive time slot on Saturday
The World Cup tour concludes in Oslo (NOR), which features two Nordic Combined events again for the first time since 2013 and Schonach (GER) with two events for the men.
Unfortunately, the Women’s World Cup final in Schonach (GER) and the men’s World Cup weekend in Chaux-Neuve (FRA) cannot be held due to financial and organisational reasons.
Men's World Cup Calendar
Women's World Cup Calendar
In addition to the calendars, the Nordic Combined Committee also discussed about adjusted admittance criteria for the Women’s World Cup this year. Here, the thought is to ensure that athletes changing to Nordic Combined from Ski Jumping will have the chance to compete also in case that the Continental Cups might not be able to be staged and athletes being unable to collect COC points to qualify.
Both, this proposal and the final calendar version are still subject to the approval of the FIS Council on October 3rd.