Sochi 2014: Equality at the Olympics jumps forward in Russia

Sochi 2014: Women displayed their ski jumping skills for the first time the last fortnight, now let them compete in Nordic combined say IOC

By Alan Ross
First lady: Carina Vogt Photo: SIC/YouTube

After staging the inaugural women’s normal hill competition in Sochi all eyes will be on ski jumping and Nordic combined in 2018 to see if there will be full equality for women.

Germany’s Carina Vogt took the title at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre but Nordic combined remains the sole male-only sport at the Winter Olympics.

Why should we not have Nordic combined because we see that they are a great success and this is a very good way to promote women’s sport

IOC president Thomas Bach

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach indicated that he would like to see a women’s version introduced as part of his review of the games.

“Think about Nordic combined for women,” he told Reuters.

“We have ski jumping for women, cross country for women, so why should we not have Nordic combined because we see that they are a great success and this is a very good way to promote women’s sport.”

The German lawyer said he could see no reason why a women’s Nordic combined would not be successful following on from the popularity of the first female ski jumping event and the other eleven new sports introduced in Russia.

In the men’s competition Poland’s Kamil Stoch dominated the field claiming both the normal hill and large hill titles to become only the third man in history to do so.

The 26-year-old’s performance equals those made by Simon Ammann in 2002 and Matti Nykanen at Calgary in 1988 while Stoch’s normal hill victory gave Poland their first ski jumping medal since the 1972 games.

Japanese veteran 41-year-old Noriaki Kasai, who was bidding to become the oldest gold medallist at a winter games, finished a close second in the large hill.

The Austrian jumpers restored some pride by taking silver in the men’s team event with a team packed full of stars that had disappointed in the individual competitions.

Severin Freund secured gold for Germany with the final jump of the contest while Japan collected bronze.

There was further success for the Germans in the individual Nordic combined normal hill 10km as favourite Eric Frenzel led from start to finish.

Despite battling illness Frenzel lead the Nordic combined large hill 10km event after the jumping but couldn’t hold on as Norway’s Joergen Graabak skied away to victory.

In the team event Graabak and his Norwegian team-mates narrowly beat Germany into second with Austria further back in third.

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