Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
Another week has come and that means it's time for a day off blog post before the weekend kicks off. Unfortunately my creativity is at an all time low today so bear with me. While I recapped the Triple last week the event still has confused many, however once it's been explained fully everyone seems very excited and enthusiastic about it. Personally I predicted that it was going to be spread out and a winner would be clear by the second day, however after debating this with my teammates and colleagues, I must admit I think I am wrong. The consensus is that it will be tight, and the fight for first will be an all out battle to the line on the third day. Several factors will play into this new consensus, the first is the jump hill. This hill is a large small hill, HS 108, K99. Everyone tends to jump between 95 and 105 meters in years past meaning that it will be a mere second or two separating competitors from each other. The second factor is that the first event is a 5km race, that means it will pack up and ski much more like a mass start then a Gunderson event. I predict it will be difficult to pull away or loose significant amounts of time in the first event. Which really puts the pressure on the second day of competition. Each competitor will have to put on their A game to get inside the top 30 and survive any deficits from the previous day. The third day is when the packs will separate. 15km will be a long enough race to break up the packs. That said I think it's anyones game with a strong race on the third day. My hope is that anyone inside the top 30 could win... Only time will tell but further predictions are welcome!
This will be a big weekend! Almost every nation will have to name their Olympic team promptly after... The last spots for most nations will be filled based of performances in this event. Prepare to see some great performances out there Exciting stuff!
That said GO USA!