Back-to-back podiums for Cnossen at IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup

By U.S. Paralympics | Jan. 14, 2013, 8 p.m. (ET)
Dan Cnossen
Dan Cnossen is the first American to medal in cross-country skiing at an International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Cup in recent history.

CABLE, Wis. — Dan Cnossen (Jamestown,Mich.) made his first career trip to the podium on Sunday at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Cup in Cable, Wis., marking the first cross-country medal for Team USA in recent history. Then he did it again today.

Cnossen won bronze today in the 15-kilometer event with a time of 41:02.6, 29.7 seconds back from Ramil Ilalutdinov (RUS) winning with a time 40:32.9. Igor Kuznetsov (RUS) took second posting 40:52.1. Sunday the American finished second in the 10-kilometer opener, posting a time of 24:13.5, 11.8 seconds back from Ilalutdinov winning with a time of 24:01.7. Kuznetsov took third (24:17.3).

“I am really pleased with my performance today," said Cnossen following Sunday's podium performance. "I knew I was really going fast. It was a great feeling.” 

Cnossen finished in the Top 10 at the previous World Cup held in December in Vuokatti, Finland.

“This was a great day for Team USA," said John Farra, director of high performance for U.S. Paralympics Nordic skiing program. "In addition to Dan gathering our first podium of the year, we had terrific performances from the rest of the team, including some very new athletes to the sport who have now made their mark. What a great way to start our home World Cup."

U.S. coach James Upham added, "Dan continues to close the gap to the top guys in the sport and this result represents all the hard work that he puts in every single day."

For extended results from the IPC World Cup, click here. Racing continues tomorrow with the Sprint (Freestyle) event, followed by biathlon competition through Sunday. A full event schedule and additional information are available here.