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.
*Like biathlon, which has an obvious arctic warfare application.
**That information is here.