Lesson #62: Nordic Combined

It’s Sunday, I’ve got nothing to do, and the Olympics are on. You know what that leads to?

“Oh, Nordic combined is showing? Awesome!”

Do I know what Nordic combined is? Nope. Do I care? Not really.

Nordic combined, it turns out, is ski jumping followed by a 10km cross country sprint. What struck me about it, besides the fact that in no way is 10km of skiing a “sprint”, is that I can actually see the practical purpose for it.* Unlike, say, aerial skiing, which is really fun to watch, but doesn’t really have a practical application…unless, of course, you subscribe to the Eddie Izzard school of warfare.

According to Wikipedia (seriously, googling “nordic combined history” does not yield much) Norwegian soldiers have been participating in the Nordic combined since the 18th century. It has been an Olympic event since the 1924 Chamonix games.**

*Like biathlon, which has an obvious arctic warfare application.

**That information is here.

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