On Tuesday 18th May the members of the Nordic Combined Committee discussed the main points in preparation for the next season in an online meeting.
As usual, there were no major rule changes in advance of the Olympic season.
Still, some important topics were discussed and the calendars for the following season were presented, including 9 confirmed Women's World Cups as well as the first ever Mixed Team World Cup competition in Val di Fiemme (ITA).
2021/22 World Cup Calendars and Mixed Team premiere in World Cup
After the traditional season opener, consisting of three Individual Gundersen (IG) competitions in Ruka (FIN), the women will join in Lillehammer (NOR) in early December.
While the men complete a 10 km IG and a Team competition, two IG are on the women’s program.
Also the following World Cups in Otepää (EST), Ramsau (AUT) and Val di Fiemme (ITA) will take place together for women and men.
The new year will then begin with a highlight right away. Val di Fiemme (ITA) will host not only a Mass Start for the women but also the first ever Mixed Team World Cup competition.
This is followed by two IG competitions for the men in Klingenthal (GER) and Planica (SLO).
The hosting of a Women’s World Cup in Planica has not yet been confirmed.
The last stop before the Olympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing is the traditional Seefeld Triple (AUT), for which there were fundamental rule changes that will be explained later.
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 9 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.
Changes for Seefeld Triple
The traditional Nordic Combined Triple in Seefeld (AUT) is fundamentally changing.
First, the running distance of the IG competitions will change as follows:
Day 1: 7.5 km instead of 5 km
Day 2: 10 km remains
Day 3: 12.5 km instead of 15 km
In addition, the top 50 overall athletes of the Nordic Combined Triple are allowed to start on Day 3. So far only 40 athletes were allowed.
The rating system of the Triple is changing as well.
The athletes will now receive fixed points after Day 1 results that they bring to Day 2. The same fixed points are brought from Day 2 to Day 3. The first athlete crossing the finish line on Day 3 wins the Nordic Combined Triple.
1st - 6,2 pts
2nd - 5,2 pts
3rd - 4,5 pts
4th - 3,7 pts
5th - 3,0 pts
6th - 2,5 pts
7th - 2,2 pts
8th - 2,0 pts
9th - 1,7 pts
10th - 1,5 pts
11th - 1,2 pts
12th - 1,0 pts
13th - 0,8 pts
14th - 0,5 pts
15th - 0,2 pts
Fluor tracker in final testing phase
The Fluor Ban that FIS Council postponed with one-year last October, is now in its final approval process. The tracker is produced and it is in the final testing phase.
There won’t be major changes to the SJ Equipment for the upcoming season.
The calendars and next steps of the Fluor Ban are subject to the approval of the FIS Council on 2nd June.