skiing competitions cover a range of distances from the short sprint to the
blue riband championship event of 50 km for men and 30 km for ladies. In
addition marathon races can be as long as 100 km. All Cross-Country races
demand physical endurance and efficient technique.
Diagonal style, on steep uphill sections a herringbone step is necessary.
Skating is not permitted.
Various techniques are used with skating being the most common where there
is a gliding phase in the movement.
The best 32 or 16 qualifiers compete in a knockout system with two or four
competitors in each round over a distance of 600 to 2000m.
Nations compete against each other at championship events with 4 competitors
who alternate between classic and free technique. All teams start together.
Nations compete against each other in a team of two competitors who
alternate each round for a total of 4-6 rounds.
Staggered starting system based on the result of the first leg event.
All competitors start together with the first past the post declared the
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