Winter Sports 101: What To Start Watching

Want to keep yourself active this winter? Sure, while it’s easy to spend your days on the couch, drinking hot cocoa and reading books by the fireplace, turning your attention to sports might grant you the action you’re looking for.

In fact, although winter could indeed be a tough time for athletes and fitness enthusiasts, there remains to be a bunch of interesting sports activities that are sure to make your winter season even more thrilling. In these sports, they don’t let the cold, harsh weather get them down. It is quite the opposite actually.

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To help you complete your winter sports bucket list, here is a brief rundown of the best sports events to watch out this season. Check them out below!

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Nordic Combined

Fond of cross-country skiing and ski jumping? Then, why not combine them? Dubbed to be the unsung king of all Nordic sports, Nordic combined brings together endurance-focused cross-country skiing with adrenaline-inducing ski jumping.

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Skiers are to start the sport with a ski jumping portion followed by a cross-country race. As part of the rules, the best ski jumper, who scores the highest in terms of distance and style, will be the first to set off for the race. The rest of the athletes trail behind, based on their jumping results. The first one to cross the line will be deemed the winner of the competition.

If you’re interested to see how this competition goes, you can watch an actual Nordic combined competition from the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. These took place on January 22, 2020, in Les Tuffes, France but the films of the competition are online and still very relevant.

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Figure Skating

Want to ditch the daredevils and focus more on the melodramatic? For many, no other winter sports carry the same degree of elegance and artistry that figure skating does.

Touched with artistry, flexibility, control, and endurance, figure skating is one of the most-adored winter sports across the globe. During this sport, ice skaters – single or in pairs – perform freestyle movements of jumps, whirls, and footwork while gliding gracefully across the ice rink.

If you want to witness just how spectacular and breathtaking this sport is, you can catch the ISU World Figure Skating Championships from March 18th to March 22nd this year. See for yourself a grand battle between 200 of the best athletes from 50 countries.

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Ice Hockey

If you’re a fan of football, there’s a high chance that ice hockey is also your cup of tea. Similar to the former, this kind of sport involves an intense battle between two teams. However, in this sport, players are wearing skating shoes to glide faster across an ice rink.

Recognized for its speed and frequent physical contact, ice hockey has emerged to be one of the giants in the winter sports arena. If you’re interested in seeing how this thrilling game goes, you review the 2020 World Junior Championship that took place in the Czech Republic, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2020.

Snowboarding

Perhaps, no other sport is more closely associated with the winter other than snowboarding. Finding roots in skiing, surfing, and skateboarding, this popular winter sport involves the use of a snowboard attached to a rider’s feet as he or she rides down a snow-covered slope.

Fun, thrilling, and yet also demanding, snowboarding comes as a spectacular sports activity that combines endurance, beauty, and self-expression.

To make yourself more familiar with this game, you catch an actual competition of the sport by reviewing the amazing events of the Winter X Games that just happened in Aspen this week.

The Bottom Line

From the Nordic combined to Ice Hockey, there is a lengthy list of fun and thrilling sports to watch out for amid the dead of winter. Sure, while summer still comes as the best season for sports and wellness, the cold weather still carries a different touch of thrill and excitement for athletes and sports enthusiasts.

If you’re one among them, be sure to familiarize yourself with these top four winter sports that are sure to make your chilly season become a winter to remember.