Anchorage to host 2018 U.S. Cross Country Championships

ANCHORAGE — Top cross-country skiers from across the United States will compete for national titles, FIS Junior World Championship spots and potential Olympic berths at the U.S. Cross Country Championships Jan. 3-8. All events will take place at Kincaid Park in Anchorage and will be streamed live on U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Facebook channel.

Alaska is a hotbed for cross-country skiing and past U.S. Championships in Anchorage have attracted large fields. The Alaskan city most recently hosted the event in 2010. This year’s U.S. Championships are being organized by the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage.

The week’s competitions will feature two freestyle and two classic events for both men and women. The top American in each race will be crowned national champion. Results from the freestyle races and the classic distance events will be used to determine the teams for the 2018 FIS Junior & U23 World Ski Championships, taking place in Goms, Switzerland Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

“The U.S. Championships is a stop for our top domestic skiers seeking not just U.S. titles but spots on international teams,” U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Domestic Program Director Robert Lazzaroni said. “Anchorage is an excellent venue as the event will capture the great enthusiasm we have for cross country skiing in Alaska.”

All races in Anchorage are also part of the 2017-18 SuperTour and points will count toward the overall SuperTour titles, Olympic Winter Games selection and international World Cup starts. The long distance and team championships will take place March 23-28 in Craftsbury, Vermont.

“Anchorage has an amazing infrastructure for cross-country skiing,” organizing committee chair Joey Caterinichio said. “Events such as the U.S. Cross Country Championships help keep the circle of cross country skiing alive and give our youth an atmosphere to thrive in at all levels of skiing and to witness the pinnacle of U.S. racing.”

While primary selection for the 2018 Olympic Cross Country Team will come from World Cup races, some final spots will be determined from results in Anchorage. The Olympic team nominations will be announced the week of Jan. 23.

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