Nordic Skiers Return To The East Coast For U.S. Nationals

By Brianna Tammaro | Jan. 05, 2016, 1:52 p.m. (ET)

Oksana Masters, pictured at the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships, is one of the top athletes entered at the 2016 national championships

Team USA will kick off the winter season with the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Nationals and IPC Cross-Sountry Skiing and Biathlon NorAm Cup in Craftsbury, Vermont. With the event returning to the east coast after a three-year absence, Nordic skiers such as Paralympic stars Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) and Andy Soule (Pearland, Texas) will have the opportunity to race against other top athletes in hopes of capturing titles, qualifying for upcoming world cups and fine-tune technique heading into the winter season. Before races get underway on Jan. 6, read more about nationals and how the event will play an important piece in the growth of Paralympic Nordic Skiing in the United States.

WHO

More than 20 Nordic skiers from the United States and Canada, including athletes on the U.S. national team, newcomers and Paralympic medalists. Athletes will be represented in all classifications: physical disabilities such as amputation/limb loss, visual impairment, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury/cerebral palsy/stroke.

WHAT

U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Nationals & IPC Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon NorAm Cup

WHERE

Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Craftsbury, Vermont

WHEN

January 6-10, 2016

  • Wednesday, January 6 - Mid-distance XC skate race, 10:00am
  • Thursday, January 7 - Short-distance XC classic race, 9:00am
  • Saturday, January 9 - Biathlon Sprint, 10:00am
  • Sunday, January 10 - Biathlon Individual, 10:00am

MORE

The event will be the largest gathering of U.S. athletes for the 2015-2016 season in North America as Team USA heads out on the world cup circuit. For the first time ever at nationals, the event will have all six classes represented as well as both genders. The event will have a world cup-level atmosphere as top athletes from the U.S. and Canada will face off in the NorAm Cup

Nationals will also be a great opportunity for newer skiers to test their skills in competition against U.S. national team athletes, including three-time Paralympic medalist Masters and Soule who made history in 2015 when he became the first American Nordic skier to win five medals at a world championship. It will also be a vehicle for promising athletes to get noticed by U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing coaches and potentially qualify for future world cup trips later in the winter season. For national team athletes like Masters, Soule and Sean Halsted (Rathdrum, Idaho), the competition will be a chance to compete for national titles and work out their racing strategies before traveling to Germany and Finland for world cup events in February and March.

Cross-Country events will take place January 6-7 followed by biathlon the 9-10. For more information on the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships and NorAM Cup, including results, visit the event website