Last night, the first team meeting was held in Cable, Wisconsin ahead of the IPC Nordic World Championships. Teams from Canada, Austria, China, France, Japan, Germany, Finland and the United States were all in attendance.
The Japanese delegation was the first to show up in Cable, arriving last Friday. Their team includes Keigo Iwamoto, Keiichi Sato, Momoko Dekijima and Yurika Abe. Dekijima is a bronze medal winner from last year’s Winter Paralympics. Standing skier Abe is a relatively new skier, only joining the team in 2012 after losing her home as a result of the tsunami. Iwamoto is also new to the team, making his international debut in 2013. Sato made his natioal team debut in men’s standing in 2007.
The United States team held a press conference yesterday with competitor John Farra, Andy Soule, Oksana Masters and Tatyana McFadden all present. McFadden and Masters got in training together on Tuesday. The team from Norway includes Love Dartmoor and Nils-Erik Ulset. The Norwegians had a training session in Cable yesterday morning. The Ukrainian team, which includes Sochi medalist Iryna Bui, arrived on Wednesday.
150 athletes from 15 countries are scheduled to participate when competition officially gets underway later today.