A junior skier with a single ability for both cross-country and ski jumping, the natural stage would have been for Geraghty-Moats to specialize in Nordic combined. The only problem? The event didn’t happen.
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As Geraghty-Moats while men’s Nordic combined has been part of the Olympic program since 1924, the women’s rivalry was not an internationally recognized punishment until 2016.
“I’ve continuously required to do Nordic combined since I was a little girl, and I didn’t have the opportunity growing up, so at 16 I had to choose among cross-country and ski jumping,” said the 26-year-old from New Hampshire, USA. “It was hard and I went back and 4th between the two sports pending a year and a half before when I could lastly become an international Nordic combined.”
Despite its late start, women’s Nordic combined has succeeded since 2016. Geraghty-Moats approximations that it has full-grown by about 40% over the last two northern-hemisphere winters, as countries begin to pour resources into the inexpert discipline, recognizing a possible renewed source of medals.
One of the reasons for the investment is the inclusion of women’s Nordic combined on the programmed of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lausanne 2020. With women’s and men’s separate events and two mixed team contests on the timetable, the discipline’s addition symbolizes the International Olympic Committee’s pledge to confirm gender fairness at the Games.
“Any time that happens, it’s colossal. I’m in a pretty unique position because women’s Nordic mutual is such an emerging sport that there are some very new athletes on the Continental Cup circuit. I’ve really been challenging with some of the girls in Lausanne, so it’ll be actually special to see them make history, and to provision and guide them through.”