Nordic Combined Can Be Removed From the Olympic Games in 2026

After nearly a decade of promoting girls and women participation, Nordic leaders together, one of the original Winter Olympics, were confident that they had secured the future of their sport for years to come.

The sport, which requires excellence in snowmaking and skating abroad, had set the stage for the Women’s World Cup and the women’s competition in the world championships. The countries of North America, Europe and Asia all had participants.

Then came the shocking news from the leadership of the world-leading glacier. People on the International Olympic Committee who are overseeing the upcoming Winter Games program, co-ordinated in Milan-Cortina, Italy in 2026, are skeptical that the sport has made enough progress to qualify for the women’s tournament.

And that was not the only bad news. There are concerns that the Nordic joint is not popular enough to qualify for any competition. As a unique event without a women’s race, the Nordic collective could be a eliminated candidate, as gender equality should be a priority for the Olympics.

“Without women, it can be a challenge for us to keep boys,” said Lasse Ottesen, a former Norwegian athlete who is the co-director of the Nordic race. “We have a lot of history.”

The vote is scheduled for June 26.

“We are all very confused,” Annika Malacinski, a senior American woman in the Nordic collectively, said during an interview from Finland, where she is practicing. “Every athlete strives to be at the elite level, which is the Olympics. When this happens, all the training, sweat and tears, is free because we are not included in any of the most important competitions.”

Malacinski, 21, set up a temporary college to follow Nordic combined, hoping to be in the first group of women to participate in the Olympics, similar to the women who competed in the first women’s snowboarding competition in 2014. She trains for about five hours for day, balancing jumping exercises with endurance exercises and strength intervals at the gym as he tries to be strong enough through the grass race but light enough to jump away during jumping.

“It’s hard to believe that even in the 21st century we can find this kind of inequality,” he said.

The possible loss of the game is a cause for great concern in northern Europe, with Nordic together being one of the most popular winter sports.

“Competing in the Olympics means the world to all of us,” said Marte Leinan Lund of Norway, who along with his sister, Mari, is one of the best in the world at Nordic together. Leinan Lund’s sister (Marte is 21 years old and Mari is 23), moved away from home and started attending a special school in their youth that allowed them to develop the sport with the aim of making the Olympics. “It is also important that men and women have equal opportunities, both in sports and in general,” Marte Leinan Lund added.

An IOC spokesman confirmed that the Milan-Cortina sports program is on the agenda for the next general board meeting, and that the program commission will make recommendations but “all the rest is speculation.”

Nordic officials along with officials of the FIS, the board that oversees the ice skating game, have been told that the IOC issue is not only equality but also importance.

Organizers are trying to reduce the size of the Games while incorporating new games that appeal to young people. The star of the Beijing Games last winter was Eileen Gu, a freestyle athlete who won gold medals in the sky and halfpipe and silver in a slope style, events that did not exist a decade ago. Heavy air slip was added just this year.

Also, while IOC officials acknowledge that Nordic has launched a major women’s competition, officials and Nordic collectively say there are concerns that participating and successful countries include a regular list of Winter Olympic champions, and there is little chance of major competitors. from the South. America, Africa or Asian countries besides Japan.

A century ago, when the sport of gliding and jumping was the only form of skiing that took place, a joint event crowned the world’s greatest athlete. The previous Olympics included only 16 events in nine games. There are now more than 100 events in 15 sports. With the advent of Alpine skiing and freestyle, to say the least about Snowboarding, Nordic collectively no longer describes the king (or queen) of the mountain.

Skiing officials and athletes say criticism of the game is tantamount to moving the goalposts. IOC officials told the game it needed to strive for gender equality and establish women’s competition. Its leaders did just that, and they see increased participation in girls and women as the key to expanding the sport’s appeal.

They promise to reduce 15 places for men and organize the 30th Women and Olympic Olympics, which will add only 15 people in total to the Games from their sport.

However, game officials are concerned that the IOC will reduce its numbers and eliminate the problem of gender inequality by eliminating Nordic collectively.

“We are scared,” Horst Huttel, director of Nordic events in Germany, said.

Nick Hendrickson, director of the United States Nordic team, said he had seen the situation before, but with very different results. His sister, Sarah, was in the first group of female skiers. He participated in the Olympics in 2014 and 2018.

As soon as the women’s ice skating game got the green light for Olympic inclusion, funding for the sport increased and the level of competition increased, with 13-year-old girls looking at it as a good way to fulfill their Olympic dreams.

“It’s a bit of a chicken or an egg,” Hendrickson said. “Women’s Nordic together has come a long way. The next step is to be allowed to continue in the Olympics. That is what will raise the standard of the sport.”

Without the Olympic inclusion, there can be no sport at all.

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