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Sochi Form Guide and Predictions – Nordic Sports

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We continue our sport-by-sport guide to who is in form and who to look out for in Sochi with the Nordic Sports.

Competition Schedule (all times GMT) / Infostrada Predicted Medallists

08 February - 10:00 - Cross Country Skiing: Women's skiathlon
1. Marit Bjørgen (Norway), 2. Therese Johaug (Norway), 3. Kristin Størmer Steira (Norway)

08 February - 16:30 - Ski Jumping: Men's individual normal hill qualification

09 February - 17:30 - Ski Jumping: Men's individual normal hill
1. Anders Bardal (Norway), 2. Gregor Schlierenzauer (Austria), 3. Thomas Morgenstern (Austria)

09 February - 10:00 - Cross Country Skiing: Men's skiathlon
1. Dario Cologna (Switzerland), 2. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (Norway), 3. Sjur Røthe (Norway)

11 February - 10:00/12:00 - Cross Country Skiing: Individual sprint free men/women
1. Federico Pellegrino (Italy), 2. Emil Jonsson (Sweden), 3. Alex Harvey (Canada)
1. Kikkan Randall (USA), 2. Denise Herrmann (Germany), 3. Marit Bjørgen (Norway)

11 February - 17:30 - Ski Jumping: Women's individual normal hill
1. Sara Takanashi (Japan), 2. Sarah Hendrickson (USA), 3. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (Austria)

12 February - 09:30/12:30 - Nordic Combined: Men's individual normal hill
1. Jason Lamy Chappuis (France), 2. Eric Frenzel (Germany), 3. Bjorn Kircheisen (Germany)

13 February - 10:00 - Cross Country Skiing: Women's 10km classical
1. Justyna Kowalczyk (Poland), 2. Marit Bjørgen (Norway), 3. Therese Johaug (Norway)

14 February - 10:00 - Cross Country Skiing: Men's 15km classical
1. Alexey Poltoranin (Kazakhstan), 2. Alexander Legkov (Russia), 3. Dario Cologna (Switzerland)

14 February - 17:30 - Ski Jumping: Men's individual large hill qualification

15 February - 10:00 - Cross Country Skiing: 4 x 5km relay women
1. Norway, 2. Sweden, 3. Finland

15 February - 17:30 - Ski Jumping: Men's individual large hill
1. Kamil Stoch (Poland), 2. Gregor Schlierenzauer (Austria), 3. Thomas Morgenstern (Austria)

16 February - 10:00 - Cross Country Skiing: 4 x 10km relay men
1. Norway, 2. Sweden, 3. Russia

17 February - 17:15 - Ski Jumping: Men's team large hill
1. Austria, 2. Germany, 3. Norway

18 February - 09:30/12:00 - Nordic Combined: Men's individual large hill
1. Eric Frenzel (Germany), 2. Akito Watabe (Japan), 3. Jason Lamy Chappuis (France)

19 February - 09:15/11:45 - Cross Country Skiing: Team sprint classical men/women
1. Russia, 2. Norway, 3. Kazakhstan
1. Finland, 2. Norway, 3. Russia

20 February - 08:00/11:00 - Nordic Combined: Men's team large hill
1. Germany, 2. Austria, 3. France

22 February - 09:30 - Cross Country Skiing: Women's 30km mass start free
1. Therese Johaug (Norway), 2. Marit Bjørgen (Norway), 3. Justyna Kowalczyk (Poland)

23 February - 07:00 - Cross Country Skiing: Men's 50km mass start free
1. Petter Northug (Norway), 2. Alexander Legkov (Russia), 3. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (Norway)

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Form Guide

Cross Country Skiing - Norway should dominate the freestyle events and relays with Petter Northug, who won two gold medals in Vancouver four years ago and two world titles last year, on the men's side and Marit Bjorgen and Therese Johaug on the women's side. However Pole Justyna Kowalczyk is dominant in the classical and American Kikkan Randall is the dominant sprinter. The men's sprint is wide open.

Nordic Combined - Germany's Eric Frenzel won last season's World Cup and is the runaway leader this term with seven wins from 11. He also won the individual normal hill event at the 2011 world championships and the large hill title in 2013. Jason Lamy Chappuis of France is the defending normal hill champion and won the individual large hill World Championships in 2011 and the normal hill title in 2013 but is only fourth in the World Cup standings.

Ski Jumping - Wide open with 14 different winners in 20 World Cup events. Pole Kamil Sotch, who won the individual large hill in the World Championships last year and leads the World Cup with three wins, is a marginal favourite. Austria, Germany and Slovenia are the main contenders for the team event. In the women's competition the prohibitive favourite is 17-year-old Sara Takanashi of Japan who has won 10 of 13 World Cup rounds.

Outsiders

Cross Country Skiing - Russia's Nikita Kriukov, in the sprint, is the home country's main hope of winning a cross country skiing gold and Dario Cologna of Switzerland will be a threat in the longer men's disciplines. Denise Herrmann is by a distance Germany's best medal hope and has been ultra consistent in World Cup sprints this season.

Nordic Combined - The Norwegian quartet of Haavard Klemetsen, Mikko Kokslien, Magnus Moan and Magnus Krog are third, sixth, seventh and eighth in the current World Cup standings and will be a real threat in the relay.

Ski Jumping - Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer has racked up a record 52 individual World Cup wins and took the World Cup title last season, Peter Prevc of Slovenia is second on the World Cup standings, Anders Bardal of Norway was the normal hill world champion last year and young Austrian Thomas Diethart won the prestigious Four Hills this year. On the women's side, Austrian veteran Daniela Iraschko-Stolz beat Takanashi on consecutive days in Planica last month.

History Says

Cross Country Skiing - Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia have combined for 78% of the medals won in history.

Nordic Combined - Norway lead the all-time medal table by a distance but have not won a gold since 1998.

Ski Jumping - The normal hill-large hill double has only been done on three occasions but all since 1988.

Predicted Flops

Cross Country Skiing - Despite their rich tradition, Swedes have won just three of the 42 World Cup races this season.

Nordic Combined - Large hill Olympic champion Bill Demong of the United States is now 33 and has finished no higher than eighth in six World Cup starts this season.

Ski Jumping - Swiss legend Simon Ammann is a double, double Olympic champion but was only 33rd and 25th in the last World Cup round in Willingen after skipping four rounds. Women's world champion Sarah Hendrickson of the United States is returning to full fitness after a bad knee injury suffered last August and has not been seen in the World Cup.

British Hopes

Cross Country Skiing - Andrew Musgrave stunned his Norwegian rivals by winning their national sprint freestyle race in Lillehammer last month. As a teenager, the Scot posted a best finish of 51st in three events in Vancouver but has a top 10 finish in the World Cup this year.

Nordic Combined - No British entries

Ski Jumping - No British entries

Don't Forget

Cross Country Skiing's Skiathlon competition combines the classic and free techniques into a single event.

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