Jan 28, 2022
Jan 28, 2022

Winter Olympics 2022: Nordic combined preview

2022 Winter Olympics: Nordic combined preview

Where and when will the Nordic combined event take place?

Nordic combined event types

Germany leading the way for the Nordic combined competition

Winter Olympics 2022: Nordic combined preview

Inform your Nordic combined predictions ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics with insight, analysis, and odds from Pinnacle.

The Nordic combined competition returns at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, after being part of every Winter Olympic Games since the first-ever edition in 1924.

It attracts plenty of interest as, like the name suggests, it combines two separate winter sports - ski jumping, which always comes first, and cross-country skiing - and there are three events which make up the competition with only men taking part.

Where will the Nordic combined events at the Winter Olympics take place?

The Nordic combined competition will be split between two venues in the Zhangjiakou cluster at the Beijing Games. The National Ski Jumping Centre is the host venue for the ski jumping part of the competition and the National Cross-Country Centre will be where the cross-country element takes place. 

The Nordic combined action starts on February 9 and the competition continues until February 17, 2022.

What Nordic combined events take place at the Winter Olympics?

The three events are:

Men's Individual Gundersen Normal Hill/10km Cross-country Race

Men's Individual Gundersen Large Hill/10km Cross-country Race

Men's Team Gundersen Large Hill/4 x 5km Cross-country Race

The 'Gundersen' refers to the Gundersen Method, which works out what position the competitors will start from for the cross-country element of each event after the ski jumping points have been added up and converted into time penalties. This means the winner of the ski jumping is rewarded by starting first in the cross-country races.

The Individual Normal Hill event is a scored ski jump on the standard-sized hill followed by a 10km cross-country ski race with the Large Hill jump obviously taking place on a larger hill.  

The Team Large Hill event is made up of one scored ski jump from the large hill followed by a cross-country 4 x 5km Freestyle relay race.

Who are the big names to look out for in the Nordic combined at the Winter Olympics?

German star Eric Frenzel is a legend of the discipline and dominated the Nordic combined at the 2018 Winter Olympics, winning gold in the Individual Gundersen Normal Hill/10km and Team Gundersen Large Hill/4 x 5km, and bronze in the Individual Gundersen Large Hill/10km.

He could only manage a fourth-place finish at the 2021 World Championships, though, so the six-time Olympic medalist will need to improve on that performance if he is to add to his haul in Beijing. Frenzel is (17.940*) to claim Gold in the Individual Normal Hill/10k competition.

Japan’s Akito Watabe (30.880*) won the silver medal behind Frenzel in the Individual Gundersen Normal Hill/10km at both the 2014 and 2018 Winter Games and will hope this year he can finally get the better of his old rival.

Johannes Rydzek (31.010*), of Germany, won gold in the Individual Gundersen Large Hill/10 km competition four years ago but was way off the pace when he finished 17th in the World Championships last year. The event was won by rising Austrian star Johannes Lamparter who will be looking to make a real name for himself on the Olympic stage this winter.

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