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IN THIS ISSUE:


Greetings from the Director

Upcoming Events
Nationals Recap

News from the World Cup

Other News



Greetings from U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing!

What a winter it has been!  Para Nordic clubs around the country have hosted successful events, collectively we have introduced many kids and newcomers to the sports of cross-country skiing and biathlon, and we have newly minted National Champions and World Champions.  And the best part: we still have much more winter to come!
Read on to check out the great things that have been happening across the country, and what opportunities are yet to come before the snow melts.

 As always, keep us updated on what is going on in your community and enjoy the rest of the winter.
Eileen Carey
Director, U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing

UPCOMING EVENTS


Schriners Ski Days: March 8th & 16th, Salt Lake City area, Utah (contact Richard Hodges- richard.hodges801@gmail.com)
Snow Mountain Ranch Stampede: March 10-11, Fraiser, CO (contact Mark Birdseye- mbirdseye@nscd.org)
Casper Mountain Biathlon Club- Spring Festival: April 5-7, Casper, WY (contact info@caspermountain.org)
Bend Training Camp: May 2019, Bend, OR. Spots open for this on-snow camp! If you are interested, please apply for a spot at the camp HERE.
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. 

Para Nordic Nationals Recap

Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Vermont // January 3-5, 2019
We had a tremendous showing at our 2019 Nationals Nationals. Skiers congregated from all across the country, as well as Canada, and we had competitors in all classes--visually impaired, standing, and sit-skiing. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center was an incredible host, and Vermont gave us some perfect winter conditions. All in all it was a successful and memorable week of skiing. CONGRATULATIONS to all who competed! You can find full results for both the sprint and distance races HERE
NEWS FROM THE WORLD CUP...

Sweden World Cup

Ostersund, Sweden // January 2019
We took a team of skiers, including our three development skiers Joy Rondeau, Ruslan Reiter, and Grace Miller, to Ostersund, Sweden for the season's second stop on the World Cup tour. The week was filled with podium performances, and exciting sprint finishes, and among the most memorable was Ruslan's break-out performance in the 10km classic race. Ruslan placed 6th in the 4-lap race, and his time back from the winner earned him a sub-70 point race. Congratulations Ruslan! Grace Miller impressed in the classic sprint race, where she qualified for the heats for the first time in her young career. Way to go, Grace! We are excited to watch these young skiers as they continue to improve their fitness and technique and move up in the ranks. 
Image: Development Team skier Ruslan Reiter competing at the 2018 Paralympic Games. 

World Championships News

Prince George, British Columbia // February 14-24, 2019
What a week for our National Team! Cold conditions welcomed teams to British Columbia for the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships. In total, the four-member team brought home 15 medals. Oksana Masters led the charge with her 6-medal week (5 golds), while Kendall Gretsch also packed 6 medals into her carry-on. Kendall won gold in the individual biathlon. Dan Cnossen kept his 2018 momentum, winning two silver medals, and Aaron Pike had an impressive bronze medal race in the biathlon sprint. Way to go TEAM USA!  More event info HERE.
PHOTO: IAN HYSLOP PHOTO: KELLY BERGMAN, BergMedia PHOTO: KELLY BERGMAN, BergMedia
(Photos: (1) Ian Hyslop, (2,3) Kelly Bergman/BergMedia)
IN OTHER NEWS...
The Hartford
Ski Spectacular
Breckenridge, CO // December 2018

This year we had an outstanding showing for the week-long Nordic race camp at the Ski Spectacular event. USPN works with the event host, Disabled Sports USA, to put on the Nordic portion of this event.
With twelve sit skiers from across the country and eleven coaches and volunteers, the week was a huge success. We had first-time skiers as well as seasoned veterans in the group, and everyone made huge gains over the course of the week. Paralympians Joy Rondeau and Jeremy Wagner were present and shared their skill and experience on the trails. 
Breckenridge Nordic Center showed us incredible hospitality, and the trails were in great shape. We are also excited to announce that we did not have any exciting moose encounters this year! 
Thank you to everyone for making this event the incredible event that it is. Visit the Ski Spectacular website for more info!

Agitos Foundation Para Sports Development Camp
Ostersund, Sweden // Jan. 2019

Ty Wilberg of Chippawa Falls, WI and Angelica Haakenson of Homer, AK had the incredible opportunity to particiapate in the Winter Para Sports Development Camp, hosted by the Swedish Paralympic Committee and sponsored by the Agitos Foundaiton. This camp took place in Ostersund, Sweden during the  World Cup competition.
Image: National team members mingle with youth camp participants after a World Cup night race in Ostersund.

Empire State Games

Lake Placid, NY // February 2019
The Empire State Games (ESG), sponsored by Community Bank, hosted some quality cross-country and biathlon events. Kevin Burnside and James Tardiff each claimed gold in cross-country, and Nick Fairall won a gold medal in biathlon. Congratulations to all the competitors at the 2019 ESG! More event info HERE
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Header Photo: Oksana Masters at the 2019 World Para Nordic Ski Championships (Photo courtesy of Ian Hyslop)
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