Nordic skiing features the oldest snowsport to be included in the Winter Olympics - cross country skiing. This traditional Scandinavian sports has been a part of the games since their inception in 1924. The Cross Country events include long distance Mass Starts requiring endurance to cover up to 50km and short and fast sprints showcasing explosive power. Biathlon combines the endurance and power of Cross Country skiing with the skill and precision of rifle shooting.
Individual (Men’s 15km, Women’s 10km)
Athletes set out in 15-30 second intervals, Men can choose between Skate or Classic technique while Women must Skate. Traditionally courses feature 1/3rd Uphill, 1/3rd Flat and 1/3 Downhill.
Mass Start (Men’s 50km, Women’s 30km)
As suggested by the name all the athletes start together and can choose which technique to use on this long distance race.
Skiathlon (Men’s 15+15km, Women’s 7.5+7.5km)
A mass start Nordic race in which the athletes must complete the first half of the course skiing in the Classic technique and second half in Skate technique.
A short and fast race in which athletes can choose between Classic or Skate technique to cover a course of up to 1.8km.
One of the most exciting XC events, teams of two cover a course between 0.8-1.8km in either classic or skate technique, it’s fast and explosive, definitely one not to miss!
Relay (Men’s 4x10km, Women’s 4x5km)
Four athletes compete in succession with the first two skiing in classic technique and the last two using the skate technique.