The U.S. Para Nordic Nationals officially got underway yesterday at Soldier Hollow Resort in Midway, Utah. Skiers had classification, training and a team meeting.
Later today, the biathlon sprint 6/7.5km is scheduled to take place, with the cross country 1km sprint race heats and qualifiers taking place tomorrow, the cross country short distance 2.5/5/10km race taking place on Monday, the official training for the cross country long distance race scheduled for Tuesday, and competition finishing with the cross country long distance 10/12/15/20km races on Wednesday.
The competition is an important one on the regional para-Nordic schedule, at it serves as an IPC Nordic Skiing Continental Cup event for sitting, standing and visually impaired skiers. It also serves as a National Championship for sit skiers. The National Championships for standing and visually impaired skiers is actually being held as part of the FIS U.S. Cross Country Championships that got underway yesterday in Houghton, Michigan.
Soldier Hollow Resort is no stranger to high level disability para-Nordic skiing. The resort hosted the 2002 Winter Paralympic para-Nordic event.