Tara Geraghty-Moats received the first World Cup crystal globe ©Getty Images

United States’ Tara Geraghty-Moats has received the inaugural Women’s Nordic Combined World Cup crystal globe after a COVID-19 impacted opening season.

Geraghty-Moats triumphed at the Women's Nordic Combined World Cup event in December, which was held in Ramsau.

Ramsau stepped in to host the event after competition was unable to take place at Lillehammer in Norway, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition proved to be the only one held during the inaugural World Cup season, with two competitions at Otepää in Estonia cancelled in January.

Two further planned events in Schonach in Germany were also unable to take place.

Geraghty-Moats received the inaugural crystal globe for the discipline at the ongoing FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf.

Norway’s Gyda Westvold Hansen and Anju Nakamura of Japan received medals after placing second and third at the World Cup event.

The prizes were awarded following the inaugural women’s Nordic combined event at the World Championships.

"FIS and the nordic family are very proud of the historical day here in Oberstdorf," said Lasse Ottesen, FIS race director.

"We started with a FIS Youth Cup in 2014, and on Saturday the nordic combined women presented themselves in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with a fantastic event.

"The development that we have seen the last seasons has been great.

"We see that there is a growing interest for women’s nordic combined and the National Ski Federations around the world are doing a great job."

Westvold Hansen was crowned the first world champion on Saturday (February 27).

The Norwegian triumphed ahead of compatriots Mari Leinan Lund and Marte Leinan Lund.

Westvold Hansen is also the reigning world junior champion.