Magnus Moan – one of the best Nordic Combined athletes
- I hope that the Swedish people are going to open their eyes for Nordic Combined, one of the most challenging winter sports, says Magnus Moan, many-time World Championships and Olympic medallist in the discipline.
The 30-year-old Norwegian Magnus Moan has been part of the world elite in Nordic Combined for some ten years. He won his first international medal at the highest level at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2005 in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Another eight World Championships and Olympic medals have followed since. The only glaring hole remaining on his résumé is the lack of a gold medal.
- My goal for the winter is to make my mark on all the competitions that I participate in. And my sights are of course set at taking an Olympic medal in Sochi, states Magnus Moan.
Moan’s competition season will begin at the end of November when the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup gets underway in Kuusamo, Finland. Last season he finished fifth in the overall World Cup. Previously he has collected two second-place and two third-place finishes in the season rankings.
This World Cup season with conclude with the pre-World Championships in Falun:
- That is something I am really looking forward to. I have never been to Falun before. But I both hope and believe that the hills and courses are going to be good and that the competition will be held in fine conditions.
Nordic Combined is a very small sport in Sweden. And it is a discipline that requires a lot from its athletes:
- It is obviously a great challenge to have a body that is suitable for ski jumping and simultaneously has the strength and endurance required for cross-country skiing. And not everyone is up for taking off at 90 km/h from the jumping hill. But I really enjoy Nordic Combined. It’s about mastering these daily challenges. When you succeed, it is an amazingly positive feeling, says Moan who won two bronze medals at the home World Championships in Norway in 2011.
2015 will be another chance for him to compete at the World Championships in the North of Europe. That’s when Falun hosts the event:
- I will do my very best to create a great atmosphere at the stadium in Falun with the many Norwegians who will attend the World Championships on site. And I also hope to help the Swedish people open their eyes for Nordic Combined, which is one of the most challenging winter sports, concludes Moan.
Text: Mårten Lång