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USA Nordic Sport cuts funding for Nordic combined athletes

Parkite Billy Demong keeps his Nordic Combined skis at Utah Olympic Park this spring.
Archive photo by David Jackson/Park Record

Thursday was a sad day for the Nordic Combined community as USA Nordic Sport stopped funding Nordic Combined athletes.

The Park City-based organization focused on supporting Nordic combined and ski jumpers across the country. Now they will only support ski jumpers.

USA Nordic was $150,000 short of its fundraising goal to continue its partnership with its Norwegian partner, who had already signed a planned four-year agreement two years earlier to share coaches, facilities and data.

Athletes said the news hurt them. One of USA Nordic’s goals when it was founded in 2007 was to ensure the survival of both sports.

The decision to discontinue Nordic Combined was based on the division of television and general revenue between the two sports. USA Nordic will continue to provide insurance for Nordic Combined athletes.

Nordic Combined athletes must now look for alternative sources of funding. Nordic Combined USA Inc. is a non-profit organization that aims to revitalize the sport.

Parkite Billy Demong co-founded Nordic Combined USA. A fundraiser will take place in Steamboat Springs next week.

It is critical for the entire Nordic Combined community that the United States remains involved in the sport, especially with a view to the possible 2034 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, he said.

The women’s Nordic Combined has already been removed from the 2026 Games in Milan-Cortina. The IOC will wait and see whether to remove the men’s competition for 2030. This will depend on the number of spectators and the number of participating countries in 2026.

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