FAIRBANKS, AK (Jan. 29) – Events recently postponed at the ConocoPhillips U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships in Anchorage have been rescheduled in Fairbanks, AK in March. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) championship races were postponed because of cold temperatures and will now be hosted by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks as a part of the already-scheduled U.S. long distance championships March 24-29.
“The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks and the cross country skiers of Fairbanks are proud to host this event,” said club spokesperson John Estle. “These will be the most important races held in Fairbanks in 25 years – since the 1984 FIS men’s World Cup races.”
“Anchorage did a fabulous job hosting the Championships in early January despite unusual cold. We’re thrilled to be able to offer backup these very important races for the nation’s best skiers at as part of a pre-scheduled event in Alaska,” said USSA Nordic Director John Farra. “Fairbanks is known for hosting great races on challenging courses and will be a great home for these events. Fairbanks will be the place to be in late March and will be a great opportunity for someone to make a strong push for Olympic qualification in the last USSA scored events of the 2009 season.”
New schedule for U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships:
Tues., March 24 – 10/5K classic technique
Wed., March 25 – Team sprint, freestyle technique
Fri ., March 27 – Pursuit 30/15K
Sun., March 29 – 50/30K classic technique
For more information, check with the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Web site at: www.nscfairbanks.org.
USSA press release