The Cross Country Skiing is a winter sport which facilitates superior physical conditioning while providing enjoyment for athletes of all ages. Special Olympics cross country skiing events are designed to be appropriate for athletes of every ability level. In addition to these traditional events, Special Olympics offers events for lower ability level athletes to train and compete in basic cross country skiing skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to longer competitive events.

Cross-country skiing is one of the most hard and exhausting endurance sports, as its movements use every major muscle group and it (along with swimming and rowing) is one of the sports that burn the most calories per hour in the practice. Modern cross-country ski competition is experiencing a revolution that is resulting in greater compatibility with people which began with the addition of the Sprint event to the World Cup and Olympic competitions.

Cross-country skiing may be considered as a kind of "bushwalking on skis", where skiers tackle trails of various lengths and difficulties. Some skiers stay out for prolonged periods using tents and equipment similar to bushwalkers/hikers, whereas others take relatively short trips from ski resorts on maintained trails.

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Cross Country Skiing Facts

  • Special Olympics Cross Country Skiing was first included in the 1977 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
  • At the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, 350 athletes competed in cross country skiing.
  • As of the 2005 Special Olympics Athlete Participation Report, 41,616 Special Olympics athletes compete in cross country skiing.

Cross Country Skiing Events

  • Cross Country Skiing Events
  • 1K Cross Country Skiing Race
  • 3K Cross Country Skiing Race
  • 5K Cross Country Skiing Race
  • 7.5K Cross Country Skiing Race
  • 10K Cross Country Skiing Race
  • 4x1K Cross Country Skiing Relay
  • 4x1K Unified Cross Country Skiing Relay