The race crew at Soldier Hollow Utah recently pulled off the first “Hurricane Start” in North America at a Nordic Combined World Cup 'B' event.
View the video below to see the hurricane start in action.
In the â€œhurricane startâ€, each skier in the field will start simultaneously, but at different distances behind the start line. It has been developed for use in Nordic Combined events, to handicap racers based on the results of the jumping event. The winner of the jumping competition will start on the normal start line, while the rest of the field get a distance penalty determined by the points and time calculation from the jumping results. Each second lost from the hill (after calculating jumping points to skiing seconds) will give a 6-meter distance penalty when starting the Cross-Country race.
New Cross-Country start format in FIS Nordic Combined World Cup