Olympic DebutChamonix 1924
Most Gold MedalsSamppa Lajunen (FIN)
Nordic Combined spotlight
This sport, which has a long Olympic history, combines ski jumping and cross-country skiing.
For centuries in the snow-covered North, skis were required to chase game and gather firewood in winter time. With long distances between the small, isolated communities, and hard, snowy winters, skiing also became important as means of keeping in social contact. The word “ski” is a Norwegian word which comes from the Old Norse word “skid”, a split length of wood.
Holmenkollen Ski Festival
The famous Holmenkollen ski festival started in 1892, where the main attraction was the Nordic combined event. The festival proved popular and soon attracted skiers from Sweden and other neighbouring countries. In fact, King Olav V of Norway was himself an able jumper and competed in the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in the 1920s.