Events of the Winter Olympic Games
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Older than downhill skiing, and with deep routes in the Nordic countries, cross-country skiing is a grueling race that takes many forms at the Olympic Games. In individual start races, racers compete against the clock. In mass start races, the first skier across the finish line wins. There is also a relay race, and a race called "pursuit," in which the style of course changes completely at the halfway point - the racers even change their skis!
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