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