2017 CXC Awards Presentation and Dinner

The Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) will recognize community leaders and friends at the annual CXC Awards Presentation and Dinner as part of the 2017 CXC Congress.

Saturday, April 29th at 6:00 PM 
Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire (WI)


John Hugus Leadership Award
Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation – Hayward (WI)

Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year Award
Kris Hansen, Stillwater Nordic Ski Team – Stillwater (MN)

Wayne Fish Volunteer of the Year Award
Joe Kelsey, Cable (WI)

Tony Wise Lifetime Achievement Award
Ahvo Taipale, Finn Sisu- St. Paul (MN)

Photo Credit: Joe Lazenby and lazenbyphoto.com

Awards will be presented by keynote speaker Kyle Bratrud.

Kyle, member of the CXC Team, is a great example of the successful path through the Midwest developmental pipeline. Kyle’s humble beginnings started as many young skiers’ do at the high schools level, then onto club and NCAA collegiate racing and now as a professional athlete where he has represented the United States at:

– 2013 Junior World Championships
– 2015 and 2016 U23 World Championships
– 2015 and 2017 World Championships and World Cups

“At the Central Cross Country Ski Association, we strive to provide the best programs for the continued growth and development of cross country skiing. We believe in fostering the principles of excellence, ethical conduct and fair play for participants of all ages and abilities from introductory experience to international excellence. To make this vision a reality, we depend on leaders at all levels of the development pipeline within our ski community, to believe it, support and promote our vision,” – commented Yuriy Gusev, CXC’s Executive and Athletic Director

  • Admission to the event is free. Dinner tickets are available to purchase for $25 per ticket. 
  • Visit CXC website for more information about CXC Congress.

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