Team USA Begins Nordic Skiing World Cup Season Wednesday

By Olivia Truby | Dec. 11, 2018, 11:52 a.m. (ET)

Dan Cnossen returns for the 2018-19 world cup season after claiming six medals at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Following a standout performance at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing Team looks to keep its momentum rolling as it returns to competition. The 2018-19 World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup season kicks off Dec. 12-19 in Vuokatti, Finland, followed by the second world cup from Jan. 12-19 in Ostersund, Sweden, and the final stop of the circuit held March 12-19 in Sapporo, Japan. Before the third stop of the world cup circuit, the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships will take place Feb. 15-24 in Prince George, British Columbia.

Team USA hit its stride at the Games, taking home an unprecedented 16 medals, including six gold, seven silver and three bronze. Of the 16 medals, nine were secured in cross-country races and seven were in biathlon events.

Headlining the team is Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky), Dan Cnossen (Topeka, Kansas) and Kendall Gretsch (Downers Grove, Illinois). Masters, who returns to the snow following several surgeries to repair a dislocated elbow, looks to continue her winning ways. Competing with the injury during the Games, Masters rose to the occasion and dominated through three rounds of the cross-country sprint to win the first Paralympic gold medal of her career. Masters went on to win her second Paralympic gold medal in the middle-distance cross-country race.

Etching their names into the Games history book, Cnossen and Gretsch made history in the biathlon sprint by becoming the first Americans to win biathlon gold in Paralympic or Olympic Winter Games history. Cnossen left PyeongChang with six medals, medaling in every cross-country and biathlon event he entered. Gretsch, who competes in paratriathlon during the off-season, claimed two gold medals in the biathlon sprint and long-distance cross-country in South Korea.

Aaron Pike (Park Rapids, Minnesota), who shot clean in the individual biathlon in South Korea, looks to continue his biathlon dominance during the world cup season.

Results from the first world cup can be found here. Follow U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the season.