The 2nd Annual CXC Season Finale Auction is Open!

Start your bidding on unique and one of a kind gear – sure to round out your skiing and training needs. Winning bids and donations directly support CXC Skiing programming and events.

Auction Site: http://www.32auctions.com/cxc2015

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The auction will be active now until Thursday, April 2nd at 8pm CST. Bid early and check back often. Thank you for your support!

ScreenShot2015-03-23at4.35.02PM1“The best thing about the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program is being able to teach a lifetime sport to my students; and, now we have a cool activity that they can do outside in the winter, when otherwise we would normally be in the gym.”

- Charlie Volk, physical education teacher, Central School, Rhinelander, WI

CXC Fares Well At U16 Meet In Maine

It’s a pretty long journey from CXC-land to the famed top of Maine. Aroostook County is Maine’s northern most county. Locals call it simply “the County.” It’s a land rich in tradition and in love with nordic skiing. That’s why recently a contingent of CXC athletes and coaches made the trip here.

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by Peter Graves, Winter Olympic Games Announcer and CXC Writer

The NENSA U16 Championships was an awesome opportunity for development. Qualifiers get the chance to race in a different part of the country against their peers from the New England area.  Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York rotate the annual hosting duties.   This year the championships were held in Ft. Kent, Maine, site of numerous IBU Biathlon World Cups in the past decade.

4 boys and 4 girls qualified off of the JNQ points list.

Wave starts and field sizes of 92 athletes pitted racers against each other in a 5k skate, 5k classic, 1.2k sprint, and a 4×2.5k mixed relay, all in 3 days of high level junior competition.

Head Coach for the trip was former USST athlete Kelly Skillicorn who told me…

The trip is short (6 days) and packed full. Learning how to travel and race while forming a team with other athletes and coaches is the main goal.

There are many challenges to be overcome: airline and van travel, time zone changes, getting to know the other athletes and coaches, lodging and meals with people you don’t know, household chores (dishes, sweeping, keeping the area clean etc..), homework, adjusting personal schedules (bedtime) to accommodate the group, as well as cleaning and waxing skis.

It’s a short time to come together as a team, but I feel the athletes did a great job.  These kids will be friends for life.

That’s the meaning of attending such a race series for CXC athletes. It’s win-win for everyone.

As you can see from our results, the Midwest athletes were very successful. We had 9 top 10 finishes as well as a 3rd place overall in the points standings.

Just as important, they were personable with the other teams, displayed positive sportsmanship, and had lots of fun!

2015 Midwest Junior Championships and Festival

The Loppet Foundation and the MN Youth Ski League are hosting a three-day ski festival for youth (15 and under) March 6-8 at the Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. This is the final stop for the Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup.

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Come and celebrate this winter with us! Tons of great events, fun, sunshine, and food. Age groups run from U8 to U16. A perfect event for all junior-high youth who are wrapping up their high school seasons. Make the most of your your winter and keep skiing! It is the best thing young skiers can do for their development.

2015 Midwest Junior National Team Announced

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Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) and the Midwest Junior Committee is pleased to announce this year’s Midwest Junior National Team that will be competing in the USSA Cross Country Junior National Championships hosted by the Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs, California March 8th-14th.

After a strong US Senior Nationals the Midwest pre-qualified many athletes adding to the USSA quota of 21 boys and 21 girls allowed per team. Leading this year’s team are World Junior Championship qualifiers and Northern Michigan University freshman Vivian Hett and Ian Torchia. Also qualifying for US Ski Team trips to Europe were Abigal Drach, Nicole Schneider, Mack FitzPatrick, and Zak Ketterson who raced in Sweden as part of the U18 Nations Cup trip. Amanda Kautzer, last year’s U16 sprint champion, recently returned from representing the USA at Biathlon’s World Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus will be competing as a U18 this year. From a team perspective the Midwest team looks to build upon last year’s 2nd place in the Alaska Cup points. Girls high school champions Wayzata HS will be tough to beat again with 4 girls named to this year’s team. Loppet Nordic Racing, last year’s boys and girls club champion, looks to repeat again with 34 athletes on the team.

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CXC Alumni Win World Championship Medals

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Jessica Diggins, Charlotte Kalla and Caitlin Compton

One of Central Cross Country Skiing’s (CXC) goals since its founding has been to develop US skiers to be competitive for Olympic, World Championship and World Cup podiums.

On Tuesday in Falun, Sweden, that goal was accomplished again when Jesse Diggins placed second and Caitlin Compton Gregg third in the 10K Freestyle event.  These were the first US medals in a World Championship distance event.

Diggins started to participate in CXC training camps as a 15-year-old high school athlete in 2006. From 2010 to 2012 she was supported and coached by the CXC Team. During that time she went to the Junior World Championships, the World Championships in Oslo, Norway and was named to the US Ski Team in 2012.

Gregg was supported and coached by the CXC Team from 2007 to 2013.  She was selected for the US World Championship team in 2007 in Saporo, Japan and named to the US Olympic Team in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. Caitlin has won the American Birkebeiner three times, twice as a CXC Team athlete, in 2011 and 2013.

“We are incredibly proud of Jesse and Caitlin for all their accomplishments, but their medals in 10KM Freestyle event at the World Championships were the best yet,” said CXC Executive Director Yuriy Gusev.  “In addition to being marvelous athletes, Jesse and Caitlin do a great work as ambassadors for our sport and volunteer constantly to work with youth, so they have stayed true to CXC’s mission. These outstanding results from Jessie and Caitlin are products of support from local clubs and coaches, national team staff, their personal supporters and other organizations. We are glad we were able to play a role in developing these athletes.” – Gusev added.

CXC is a non-profit organization headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, serving the upper-Midwest states. Sponsors and master skiers finance CXC’s programs that include “Nordic Rocks” that provides skis and instruction to children in 30 elementary schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota, Junior Development Camps for competitive youth, and both recreational and competitive Nordic skiing and biathlon training for adaptive with physical disabilities and visual impairment.

In addition, CXC collaborates with the U.S. Veterans Administration to offer cross-country skiing and biathlon training to disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.  CXC was the host organizer for the 2015 International Paralympic Committee’s Nordic Skiing World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin this past January and February.

JOB OPENING – CXC COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA COORDINATOR

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Central Cross Country Ski Association is looking for Communications and Media Coordinator.

  • Position Activities:

    Writing – Developing impactful and targeted written communications content

    Data Management – Management of data of communications audiences and messages

    Content Distribution – Innovative management and operation of content distribution systems including

    Website, email, blogs and other means

    Web Management – Management of communications on CXC’s Web site, providing leadership and
    guidance to all CXC staff, plus integration with third-party sites, especially social networking and partner sites.

    Planning – Assisting department leadership in developing strategic and operational plans

    Support – Provide general support in all areas for department as needed including support at major CXC events and other large scale organizational activities

Download complete job description outline.

Interested candidates should direct cover letter, resume, list of references and salary history to
yuriy.gusev@cxcskiing.org or mail to: CXC Skiing, P. O. Box 930442, Verona, WI 53593