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CABLE - It may be more than 400 days away, but the road to the 2014 games in Russia begins in Cable, Wisconsin.
"The best of the best are coming here this year because there's a lot on the line. The path to Sochi starts in northern Wisconsin this week. That's just really cool to say," said James Bolen, executive director of the Cable Area Chamber Commerce.
For the second year in a row, the Telemark Resort prepares to host the world's top adaptive athletes for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Cup.
"We host the American Birkebeiner here so we see the best skiers in the world here all the time. These guys are just as fast," said Bolen.
Cable found out they were hosting the IPC World Cup just eight weeks ago, so preparation for the event has been fast and furious, especially with the lack of snow in the region.
Bolen said, "A great group of volunteers came in and helped and we made snow 24/7 with the guns and we made 400 truckloads of artificial snow."
The IPC World Cup consists of several cross country and biathlon races, which require the most precise of course set–ups.
"They've got laser levels out there and that course will be to within 1/16 of an inch. So the entire stadium area has certain elevation heights," added Bolen.
"It's all about those small details and IPC providing a fair competition for everybody and a good atmosphere, around the facilities, around the venue so they have a world class experience," said Yuriy Gusev, chief of competition for the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup.
Athletes will begin making their way to Cable over the next couple of days and for the next week, provide skiing fans a glimpse of the next round of Paralympians.
"We're excited to welcome our friends back and to spend some time with them and just have a great week and really cheer them on and hope to see them do their best," said Bolen.