Cable announced as hosts for 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships

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After completing a marathon Grand Slam in 2013, the USA’s Tatyana McFadden has achieved top-10 finishes at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup in the 2013-14 season. © • Luc Percival

180 athletes from 20 countries will gather in Cable, Wisconsin, USA
January 24 – February 1, 2015

IPC Nordic Skiing has announced that the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships will be held in Cable, USA, starting next January and will attract 180 athletes from 20 countries

At a press conference on Thursday (13 March) during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, representatives of the Local Organising Committee and IPC Nordic Skiing spoke of their desire for the competition to be the biggest and best world championships yet.

Xavier Gonzalez, the IPC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Here in Sochi we have seen some amazing performances by skiers in their quest for Paralympic medals.

“Cable 2015 will be the first major gathering of the world’s best skiers since the Paralympic Winter Games and I am confident that organisers can stage the best World Championships yet by providing the perfect conditions for athletes to inspire and excite the world.”

The competition will feature both cross-country and biathlon races and will take place from 24 January – 1 February. It is being organised locally by the Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC).

Yuriy Gusev, Executive Director for CXC will serve as the Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee: “It is a privilege for our organisation to host such an event and we are looking forward to welcoming the world, the athletes, coaches and officials to Wisconsin. We had the great honour of hosting two IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup events in 2012 and 2013, and we will do our absolute best to deliver the highest quality event in 2015 and to welcome the world’s best here.”

The venue for the world championships will be the Telemark Trail System in Cable, a town famed for being the starting point of the American Birkebeiner cross-country skiing marathon or ‘Birkie’, which ends on Main Street in  Hayward.

“It is the highest honour for our state to host an event of this international profile,” said Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker. “Next year, we look forward to warmly welcoming the world’s best Nordic athletes to one of the best trail systems in the nation.”

American athletes were delighted to learn that the next major competition will be held on home snow.

Multiple marathon major winner and six-time track world champion Tatyana McFadden made the transition from summer sports to Nordic skiing for Sochi 2014:

“I’m so excited to have the 2015 IPC world championships, an elite competition, on home soil,” said McFadden. “It’s a great opportunity for those of us who are competing in Sochi, as well as up and coming athletes to get some major international experience and competition under their belts.”

Oksana Masters, who won a rowing bronze medal at London 2012 and has also swapped the summer sun for snow and ice, said:
“I’m pretty excited for the world championships to be in Cable, because that’s where my Nordic career first started,”

“It was my first World Cup. I was a newbie at the time, so I’m excited to go back to that same course where everything really started, only this time with a lot more experience under my belt.”

The last world championships were held in 2013 in Solleftea, Sweden, where Russian athletes dominated the medals table with 56 golds, including five each across biathlon and cross-country events for Roman Petushkov and Mikhalina Lysova.

Ukraine placed second in the medal tally with seven gold, 11 silver and nine bronze medals, followed by Germany with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC supervises the organisation of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it oversees and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions, including Nordic skiing.

The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

For further information, please contact Lucy Dominy, IPC Public Relations and Campaigns Manager on e-mail: lucy.dominy@paralympic.org or call +49-228-2097-159 (Germany) or +7 9384541976 (Sochi 2014). Alternatively, please visit www.paralympic.org/nordic-skiing or www.ParalympicSport.TV

You can also follow IPC Nordic Skiing on Twitter and Facebook: www.Twitter.com/IPCNordic and www.Facebook.com/IPCNordicSkiing.

One thought on “Cable announced as hosts for 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships

  1. I’d be honored to be able to volunteer for the special event. I have coached for 41 years, have raced and worked hundreds of races, have managed areas of courses, worked timing, driven cars, marked ski trails, set up courses, served as a starter, and done any and everything asked of me. No job too lowly. Let me know how I can help. I also worked the event at Theodore Wirth two years ago. I know all the trails intimately at Telemark, as I was Academic Coordinator for the US development team in the late 70’s.
    Sincerely,
    D Paulson

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