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NORDIC COMBINED, 'NEEDLES AND THREADS' IN VAL DI FIEMME (ITA)

SKI JUMPING IN PREDAZZO, CROSS-COUNTRY IN LAGO DI TESERO

NORDIC COMBINED,

 

Not only athletes, competitions and show, but also (trainers) expert tailors
From 7th to 9th January, something for everyone: men, women and “mixed”
Four races not to miss, also live on TV Rai Sport and Eurosport


Endless World Cup events in Val di Fiemme at the beginning of January: two days of Tour de Ski and then, from 7th to 9th, four competitions of Nordic Combined World Cup. A complex discipline, because not only it combines the ability in ski jumping with the performance on cross-country skis, but also for a series of parameters that athletes must strictly follow.
Jumping has many rules that laypeople might consider as quite insignificant. Body weight plays an important role, skis length – highly affecting the lift during the flight – depends on an equation between height and body weight. Yet, suits wore during the jumping are often crucial. Clothes must respect an air permeability of 40 litres for m2/s, a rule affecting even the bib. Clothes are tested before and after each competition because they need to be precisely customize according to each athlete. It’s no mystery that trainers always have at hand sewing machines ready to loosen or tighten the clothes according to each athlete’s necessity, even between trainings and competitions. These suits are tested in the wind tunnel, also attended by athletes studying and improving aerodynamics.
Italian athletes’ suits are sewed in Tesero: thus, Val di Fiemme really represents skiing from A to Z.
Each World Cup competition is interesting. First thing first, there is the very first and intriguing Mixed Team in a World Cup, with two men and two women. Then, there is the first women competition in Italy.
The program is intense: three days, four if PCR (provisional round) is considered, a trial jump that might be valid as official if weather would be severe the following days. Thursday 6th is the first day of cross-country and ski jumping trainings, then PCR at 7 pm. Friday at 10 am Mixed Team jumping in Predazzo, then at 1.15 pm cross-country in Lago di Tesero with 5 km for men, 2.5 km twice for women, and a men closing with other 5 km.
Saturday full day with men jumping at 9.30 am and 10 km Gundersen at 12.30 am, then it is time for women Mass Start. At 1.30 pm, women are on track for 5 km, then jumping at 6 pm. Sunday 9th is the last day of this long weekend of Nordic Combined. Again, men Individual Gundersen, jumping at 9.30 am and cross-country at 11.45 am, with 15 km in 6 laps of 2.5 km.
World Cup is in Otepää (EST) these days, making it easier to highlight the possible winners in Fiemme. Competitions are live on TV on Rai Sport, Eurosport and the most valued European channels.

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