USPN Spring Camp in Bend, OR
Jake Adicoff and guide, Sawyer Kesselheim, at the 2018 Paralympic Games.


Greetings from the Director
USOC Name Change
Upcoming Events
We Are Looking for Guides!
Summer Updates
Training Tip from Coach Benes

Greetings Para Nordic Athletes, Coaches, Clubs and Supporters:

It may seem too early for winter, but we’ve already kicked off the season! I am writing this on my return from our first on-snow camp in Sweden. We have some exciting things on tap for the winter, including our return to the 2002 Paralympic and Olympic host site, Soldier Hollow, Utah, for our Sit Ski Nationals and World Para Nordic (WPNS) NorAm.  In addition to being a great event to connect and race with para skiers from around the country, this event will also include an opportunity for WPNS classification. 

On the international scene, we have just heard that our second stop on the World Cup will be in conjunction with the FIS World Cup in Dresden, Germany.  If you don’t already know just how cool this is, check out the video from the last time they hosted the FIS World Cup sprint weekend.

Lastly, in case you missed the news in June, we are now part of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, a name that reflects all the great athletes and sports that are a part of the movement.  While this has always been the spirit of the USOC, it is nice to have a name that officially shows the world what we are all about!

Looking forward to seeing you on the trails this winter,
Eileen Carey
Director, U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing

Official USOC Name Change is a Formal Committment to Paralympic Sport

In June, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) formally changed its name to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). This is a historic moment for U.S. Paralympic sport, and we are thrilled to be part of it! You can read more about this decision on the Team USA Website.  


Ski Spectacular: Breckenridge, CO, Dececmber 9-15, 2019
WPNS World Cup Opener, Lillehammer, Norway, December 8-20, 2019
2020 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Sit Ski Nationals & WPNS NorAm: Soldier Hollow, Midway, UT, December 31, 2019- January 5, 2020. 
Challenged Athlete Foundation Biathlon Clinic: Tamarack Ski Resort, McCall, ID, January 18, 2020. More info on our events calendar soon!
Full Events Calendar
This events calendar will continue to be updated, so keep checking the U.S. Paralympics Nordic website EVENTS page for updated schedules and information about camps, clinics, and competition. 
Skier with guide in Craftsbury, VT.

We are Looking for Para Nordic Ski Guides! 

Are you interested in guiding a visually impaired Nordic skier? Do you know someone who might be?
Guiding is an exciting way to partake in the sport, whether you are a recreational skier, racer, or former racer. The recent Fasterskier article about 2018 Paralympian Mia Zutter and her guide, Kristina, paints a picture of what it means to ski with a guide. 
We want to grow our guide pool and are looking for all levels of ability and experience. Help us spread the word!
Jake Adicoff ane guide, Sawyer Kesselheim, get ready to start in PyeongChang! Mia Zutter and guide, Kristina Trygstad-Saari, ski in the relay at the 2018 Paralympic Games.

Summer Updates...

USPN athlete Ruslan Reiter shows of his biathlon skills.

Bozeman is a Year-round U.S. Paralympics Nordic Training Site

Bozeman, MT is the official winter training site for our National Team and now is also an official year-round USPN training hub! Ruslan Reiter, a recent addition to the USPN National Team, moved to Bozeman this past summer to train and pursue his aviation passion. He is currently training with Crosscut Mountain Sports Center. We look forward to seeing what Ruslan will do on the ski trails and biathlon range this winter!
Photo: Reiter showing off some shooting drills.
Snowy day at Bend camp

USPN Camp Recap

Bend, OR Spring On-Snow Camp, May 2019 
Although it felt more like winter than spring at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center, we still had a great training camp and introduced some new-comers to Nordic skiing! Our National team also spent the week training alongside development skiers. The week was packed full of fun skiing, drills, relays, and even some fresh powder. 

Lake Placid Olympic Training Center, July 2019
We are so excited about this first-EVER all standing athlete camp. We had an incredible group of athletes, ranging from ages 16 to 22, including some newbies and some experienced skiers. We spent our time honing our Nordic skills on roller skis and on foot, hiking up mountains, and learning about biathlon. 

Torsby, Sweden Ski-Tunnel, September 2019
The National Team athletes put in some quality hours on snow (indoors!) in the Torsby ski tunnel. This is an incredible opportunity for on-snow training before the world cup season begins. Skiers from all over the world come here to take advantage of the indoor ski trail. 
Lake Placid summer camp Biathlon practice in Bend. National team in the Torsby ski tunnel.

National Team Athlete Summer Updates

  • 2018 Nordic Paralympic gold medalist Oksana Masters brought home two silver medals from the 2019 UCI Road World Championships (cycling). View a photo recap on the TEAM USA website
  • 2018 Biathlon & Cross-country Paralympic gold medalist Kendall Gretsch claimed silver at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland. Read more about Kendall's story on the CXC blog
  • 2018 Nordic Paralympian Aaron Pike recently qualified for the 2019 Track & Field World Champinoships coming up in November. Read the press release for the full update. He will also compete in the Chicago Marathon this weekend. GOOD LUCK, Pike!
  • Six-time Nordic Paralympic medalist Dan Cnossen continues to pursue surfing as a source for both intense cross-training and adventure. Dan recently took to the waves in Bali and Hawaii. Read more on the One More Wave blog

Training Session with Coach Benes

Trying out new training ideas is a great way to improve as an athlete. Whether you're working with a new coach, or talking to fellow athletes, a fresh perspective can offer a lot.  National team cross-country coach Martin Benes has a great session for working on pacing. You can find his workout here.  Give it a try!
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Header Image: Athletes and coaches on the last day of the spring camp in Bend, OR. 
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