In Nordic Combined the athletes compete in both cross-country skiing and ski jumping.
Until the 1950s, the cross-country race was held first, followed by the ski jumping. This was reversed as the difference in the cross-country race tended to be too big to overcome in ski jumping.
While Norwegian soldiers are known to have been competing in Nordic skiing since the 19th century, the first major competition in Nordic combined was held in 1892 in Oslo. The sport was included at the Chamonix 1924 Olympic Winter Games and has been on the programme ever since.