Nordic Combined Ski Canada 2014 Olympic Eligibility and Selection Criteria
The Olympic qualification period begins July 1, 2012 and will run to Jan. 19, 2014 or until the final day of team nominations as required by COC or IOC, whichever comes first.
The Nordic Combined Ski Canada (NCSC) Olympic Qualification will follow FIS and NCSC eligibility criteria as stated below. If more athletes qualify than there are available quota spots, the quota spots will be filled with the highest ranking Canadian athlete first and the second highest ranking Canadian athlete second and so on until all quota spots are filled using the point structure outlined below. Coaching staff (NCSC National Team Coach , Ski Jumping National Men’s Team Coach, Ski Jumping National Women’s Team Coach), the Chair of Nordic Combined Ski Canada, and the High Performance Director, by majority vote, reserve the right to replace the athlete in the final quota spot with another qualified athlete as they see fit.
NCSC Eligibility Criteria
Nominated athletes must:
- Be a Canadian Citizen (Rule 42 of the Olympic Charter)
- Have a valid Canadian Passport that expires no earlier than September 28th, 2014
- Be in compliance with all relevant NCSC, COC, and IOC requirements for eligibility
- Sign the NCSC athlete agreement or athlete charter
- Sign the COC athlete agreement
- Sign the IOC athlete agreement
An athlete that has qualified through the Olympic Qualification List who is injured can be replaced by an athlete who has met FIS eligibility criterion 3.1
A) Canadian Olympic Athlete ranking system:
- Athletes will be ranked according to their FIS World Cup and Summer Grand Prix points in descending order. If two or more athletes have equal points the athlete with the single best point result in FIS World Cup competition will be ranked first. If a tie still exists, the athlete with the second best point result will be ranked first. If the athletes are still tied, this process will continue until the tie is broken.
- The remaining athletes that meet the IF Qualification Criteria will be ranked after athletes who have scored FIS World Cup/Summer Grand Prix points and will be ranked according to their FIS Continental Cup Points in descending order. If two or more athletes have equal points the athlete with the single best point result will be ranked first. If a tie still exists, the athlete with the second best point result will be ranked first. If the athletes are still tied, this process will continue until the tie is broken.
NCSC will fill the ‘FIS allocation of quota places according to points 1 and 2 above. The eligible athletes with best rankings will qualify for nomination to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team. E.g. if the FIS quota is 1 the athlete ranked first will be selected; if the quota is 2 the athletes ranked first and second will be selected; etc.
B) Performance Readiness
- Athletes must not have missed any competition or training for three months prior to 19.01.2014 due to injury. If they have been injured during the three months the athlete must be given a clearance by a CSC Calgary approved physician.
- If a nominated athletes is injured or has health issues between 19.01.2014 and 26.01.2014 and it is determined by a CSC Calgary approved physician that it will affect their ‘at-Games’ health and/or performance the top ranked athlete not previously nominated via the Objective Criteria section will be nominated to replace the previously nominated athlete due to injury or illness.
C) Pre Selection
Due to the FIS Criteria for Qualification for the 2014 ? OWG no athletes will be pre-selected. Selection will only take place after FIS assigns the ‘FIS allocation of quota places to COC’ on 20.01.2014.
D) Start Determination for Olympic Events
The NCSC Head National Team coach is responsible to determine which athletes are selected to compete in the 2014 Olympic events. The NCSC Head National Team Coach may consult with Assistant Coaches, Ski Jumping Canada coaches and other National Team Support Staff or the High Performance Director, but the final decision for Olympic Event entry rests with the NCSC Head National Team Coach.
Athlete assessment procedure involves weighing the needs of the team and the perceived relative strengths and weaknesses of the athletes in order to select the best team possible for a given competition.
In making his event entry decisions, the NCSC Head National Team Coach will have a high degree of discretion and flexibility. The following factors will be considered along with any other factors, which in the sole and absolute discretion of the NCSC Head National Team Coach, he deems relevant. The Coach will be free to assign different weightings to the importance of factors considered in their decision making process as he deems appropriate to the goal of fielding the best possible Team for the 2014 Olympic Games.
- Results during OWG Official Training.
- Results during the 5 weeks leading into the 2014 OWG.
- Health of the athlete on the day of the final Team Captains Meeting prior to the event.
FIS Eligibility Criteria
The International Ski Federation (FIS or IF) criteria can be found athttp://www.fis-ski.com/data/document/sochi2014-2012.02.29-fis.pdf (Nordic Combined pages 12-14) and, in the event of a discrepancy, the original IF version will prevail. In the event of changes by the IF to the selection and eligibility criteria, Nordic Combined Ski Canada is bound by these changes and will inform the membership as soon as possible.
INTERNATIONAL SKI FEDERATION (as of May 2012)
(FIS) SKIING NORDIC COMBINED
MEN Individual NH Ski Jumping and 10 km Cross-Country
Individual LH Ski Jumping and10 km Cross-Country
Team (4 members) LH Ski Jumping and 4 x 5 km Cross-Country Relay
2. ATHLETE / NOC QUOTA
ATHLETES QUOTA 55 (maximum quota)
MAXIMUM NOC QUOTA 5 per NOC
Maximum per event
4 athletes (individual event)
One team (4 members) in team event
3. QUALIFICATION SYSTEM
3.1 Qualification Standard
Competitors are eligible who have gained World Cup, Grand Prix and/or Continental Cup points and thereby appear on the Olympic Quota Allocation List or on the Continental Cup standings in Nordic Combined during the qualification period.
3.2 Host Nation
The host nation is expected to enter (a) competitor(s) or team into all events. If the host nation has not earned at least one quota place based on the system described under clause 3.3, one competitor per event will be permitted to enter in the individual competitions and a team in the Team Event providing that the competitor(s) is (are) eligible according to 3.1. All competitors must have been entered as part of the NOC quota.
3.3 Allocation of Quotas
The allocation of quotas is based on the Olympic Quota Allocation List which is calculated using the FIS World Cup and Grand Prix standings, followed by the Continental Cup standings from both seasons 2012/13 and 2013/14 added together, when there are no further competitors ranked on the Olympic Quota.
QUALIFICATION SYSTEMS FOR XXII OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES, SOCHI 2014
Original version: English FIS/May 2012/ page 13/23
Allocation List. The allocation will be made by assigning one quota place per
competitor from the top of the rankings downwards until the maximum total of 50 is reached (including 3.2 host nation). During this process once a NOC has achieved the maximum number of five (5) places its remaining competitors will no longer be counted and the next eligible NOC on the Olympic Quota Allocation List followed by the Continental Cup list will be allocated a place.
3.3.1 After the allocation of 50 quota places has been made, in the event that there are less than 10 NOCs with at least four competitors allocated quota places (and the NOC is entered for the Team Competition), the next NOC(s) with three allocated quota places will be allocated an additional quota place to enable the NOC to participate in the Team Competition. This allocation will continue until there are 10 NOCs with four competitors and the NOCs concerned enter for the Team Competition. Thereafter, if there are any remaining places these will be allocated until the total of 55 competitors is reached.
4. PROCESS AND TIMELINE FOR NOC COMMUNICATION OF QUOTA PLACES
4.1 The quotas will be calculated after the FIS World Cup event taking place on 19.01.2014 and communicated to the National Ski Associations and NOCs through the FIS Website, as well as to Sochi 2014 on 20.01.2014.
4.2 Following the NOC confirmation of the use of allocated quota place by 22.01.2014, quota places that are not taken up will be re-allocated by FIS, from 23.01.2014 until 24.01.2014, to the next eligible NOC on the Olympic Quota Allocation List followed by the Continental Cup Standings.
4.3 The list of re-allocated quota places will be based on the same Olympic Quota
Allocation List and Continental Cup Standings used for the calculation of the quotas (i.e. status at 20.01.2014).
5. QUALIFYING TIMELINE
Qualification Period: July 1, 2012 – 19 January 2014
- Publication of the Olympic Quota Allocation List Monday 20 January 2014
- FIS allocation of quota places to NOCs: Monday 20 January 2014
- NOCs to confirm to FIS use of quota places: Wednesday 22 January 2014
- FIS to inform relevant NOCs regarding reallocation of Thursday 23 to 24 January 2014
Quota places for qualified athletes:
- End of re-allocation process*: Friday 24 January 2014
- Sochi 2014 deadline to receive entry forms Monday 27 January 2014
submitted by the NOCs:
*NOCs may not decline quota places after the entry deadline of 27 January 2014. After this date the reallocation of quota places may only occur in the specific cases listed below:
1. An athlete is declared ineligible by the IOC after the sport entries deadline.
2. A ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which takes place after the sport entries deadline, results in the need for further reallocation of quota places.
3. An athlete whose quota place has been allocated to their NOC is injured or unable to participate due to exceptional circumstances after the sport entries
In all three cases above, the quota place will be reallocated by FIS to the next eligible NOC in consultation with Sochi 2014 up until (date to be agreed upon by IOC/Sochi 2014). After this date, no reallocation will be allowed.
Sochi 2014 reserves the right to adjust an NOC’s entitlements after the Delegation Registration Meeting (DRM) in the event that a quota reallocation results in a change to the size of the delegation.
6. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
A replacement of the entered competitors by a NOC in case of injury or force majeure is possible until the Technical Meeting before the start of the first event based on the admitted quota for the NOC concerned and in line with the IOC/Sochi 2014 Late replacement policy. In such a case, the replaced competitor will have to return his/her accreditation before the replacement competitor can be accredited.