On Thursday 30th September the members of the Nordic Combined committee discussed the main points in preparation for the next season in an online meeting.
No major rule changes were made in advance of the Olympic season.
Still, some important topics were discussed and the calendars for the following season were confirmed. A Women's World Cup competition in Planica (SLO) was added, as well as two Continental Cups in Nizhny Tagil (RUS).
Approval of the 2021/22 World Cup Calendars
The calendar proposal for the 2021/22 World Cup was unanimously confirmed by the committee. After the traditional season opener of the men in Ruka (FIN), the women will start into their season with joining in Lillehammer (NOR) in early December.
Also, the following World Cups in Otepaa (EST), Ramsau (AUT), Val di Fiemme (ITA) and Planica (SLO) will take place together for women and men.
Starting into the new year with a highlight, Val di Fiemme (ITA) will host not only the first ever World Cup Mass Start for the women but also the World Cup premier of the Mixed Team event.
After two IG competitions for the men in Klingenthal (GER), Planica (SLO) confirmed an additional Women’s World Cup Gundersen competition on 23rd January.
The last stop before the Olympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing is the traditional Seefeld Triple (AUT). Lahti (FIN) will welcome the Men’s World Cup after the Beijing Olympic Winter Games at the end of February, this time staging a Team Sprint and an Individual Gundersen.
Finally, before heading to Schonach (GER) for the traditional World Cup Finals together with the women, Oslo (NOR) will host two Men’s IG at the birthplace of Nordic Combined on Holmenkollen.
With 10 confirmed competitions in their second season, including the Mixed Team world premier and a Mass Start, the Women's World Cup will make a big step towards equality.
2021/22 COC calendar
The Russian Ski Association applied for two additional competitions in the last week of November, to host the opening of the 2021/22 Continental Cup season.
The application was approved by the committee.
Therefore, the COC calendar contains a total of 35 competitions (12 for women, 23 for men) in the season 2021/22, which makes it the most extensive COC calendar to date.
COC Calendar 2021/22 COC Women / Men
Application OWG Nordic Combined Women 2026
The application for the Nordic Combined Women, to become part of the Olympic Winter Games, was approved by the committee.
Thus, FIS will officially apply to the International Olympic Committee for the inclusion of Nordic Combined women in the program of the Olympic Winter Games 2026 in Cortina/Milano. The decision of the IOC can be expected in summer 2022.
New women’s athletes’ representative
The previous athletes representative Mari Leinan Lund from Norway is not able to continue in said role.
Therefore, Thea Oihaugen, also from Norway, was elected by the committee as the new women’s athletes’ representative and will be responsible for all athletes related topics for the upcoming season.
Ilkka Herola from Finland keeps his role as athletes’ representative for the men.