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FIS shortens 4 x 10 km relay to 4 x 7.5 km

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:24 am
by Neuro
FIS had their congress in Greece now, and instead of the expected changes with the dropping of classic sprint and skiathlon (15 km classic + 15 km skate), it was to change the relay only, taking everybody by surprise.

The purpose is to help smaller nations and the general feeling that sporting events on TV should be shortened, although one would think it would be the 50 km to be shortened first then.

Re: FIS shortens 4 x 10 km relay to 4 x 7.5 km

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 1:02 pm
by Magnus Johansson
Neuro wrote:FIS had their congress in Greece now, and instead of the expected changes with the dropping of classic sprint and skiathlon (15 km classic + 15 km skate), it was to change the relay only, taking everybody by surprise.

The purpose is to help smaller nations and the general feeling that sporting events on TV should be shortened, although one would think it would be the 50 km to be shortened first then.

Are people so microwave damaged now that they can't concentrate during a 4 x 10 km relay competition but must have it shortened to 4 x 7.5 km? The trend is clear also in other sports: When table tennis had its game shortened from first to 21 points to first to 11 points the interesting and exciting game fluctuations became fewer. I miss the old 38 mm ball too. If there is one sport that needs rule changes it is football (soccer).

Re: FIS shortens 4 x 10 km relay to 4 x 7.5 km

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 4:54 am
by Neuro
It was the 'smaller' countries voting for it so it was mostly for sporting gain with the TV format length mostly used as an excuse.

Re: FIS shortens 4 x 10 km relay to 4 x 7.5 km

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 1:43 pm
by Magnus Johansson
I have just read that 4 x 10 km will remain: https://www.svt.se/sport/vintersport/va ... stafetten/

Re: FIS shortens 4 x 10 km relay to 4 x 7.5 km

Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:30 am
by dcpattie
I would like to see the order flip every over Olympics, for example, in 2022 the order would be FS, FS, CL, CL.

Why can't classic skiers bring home the gold? This would be even more exciting because I think teams with strong classic skiers can bridge back even larger gaps.

Re: FIS shortens 4 x 10 km relay to 4 x 7.5 km

Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:38 am
by Magnus Johansson
dcpattie wrote:I would like to see the order flip every over Olympics, for example, in 2022 the order would be FS, FS, CL, CL.

Yes, this flipping has been discussed. I would like to see it at least tested. Even FS, CL, FS, CL or any other combination would be possible.

Re: FIS shortens 4 x 10 km relay to 4 x 7.5 km

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:25 pm
by Neuro
Magnus Johansson wrote:I have just read that 4 x 10 km will remain: https://www.svt.se/sport/vintersport/va ... stafetten/

How bizarre..

Re: FIS shortens 4 x 10 km relay to 4 x 7.5 km

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:50 pm
by Magnus Johansson
Neuro wrote:
Magnus Johansson wrote:I have just read that 4 x 10 km will remain: https://www.svt.se/sport/vintersport/va ... stafetten/

How bizarre..

I think it is good.

Re: FIS shortens 4 x 10 km relay to 4 x 7.5 km

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:20 am
by Neuro
For the sake of tradition maybe, but if the argument for shortening was to get more countries in the mix, that can only mean more excitement?