Nordic skiing national championships kicks off in Soldier Hollow

By Katie Branham | Jan. 02, 2020, 6:20 p.m. (ET)

U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Sit Ski Nationals and World Para Nordic Skiing NorAm will bring together the most competitive group of Para Nordic skiers in the U.S.. The event includes three days of racing from from Jan. 3-5 at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. Soldier Hollow also served as the cross-country and biathlon venues for the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games.

 

Nationals by the numbers:

 

2 - returning national champions

Three athletes will look to extend their 2019 titles into the new decade: Dan Cnossen and Oksana Masters, who each picked up two titles at last year's event.

 

5- Paralympians competing

Five Paralympians will line up in Soldier Hollow. Cnossen and Masters will be joined by Kendall Gretsch, Joy Rondeau and Aaron Pike. The five athletes have 13 Games appearances combined and 16 medals, including five golds.

 

6 - titles on the line

With three days of competition for men and women including the cross-country sprint, middle-distance cross-country and biathlon sprint, six national champions will be crowned in the sit ski races.

 

30 - athletes competing

With a field that has doubled in size since the 2019 edition of the championships, athletes of all ages, classifications and levels of experience will race for national titles. The increased field size includes several high-school athletes and more athletes in the standing classes of the NorAm competition.

Photo of Kendall Getsch competing in Nordic Skiing

 

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