Elite Athletes Practice For Global Nordic Skiing Competition

More Than 230 Athletes To Compete In Cable

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After years of planning and preparation, more than a dozen teams from all over the world have touched down in Cable for this weekend’s International Paralympic Nordic Skiing World Championship.

“These are important races,” said Frode Bukkvoll with Team Norway.

Practice, practice and more practice was the scene Friday before hundreds of athletes go head to head in eight different races while sitting, standing or visually impaired.

“Tomorrow they are looking forward to do a good job and I think we are well prepared,” said Ralf Romback with Team Germany.

“We’ve had such great support these last couple of days,” said Tatyana McFadden with Team USA. “I’m really excited to start cross country ski again.”

The International Paralympic Nordic Skiing World Championship will be McFadden’s first major competition since Sochi.

“I think this will be a good championship to see where we are and what we have to change,” said McFadden.

To place in the winter contest, she along with teams from 14 different countries are getting familiar with the peaks and valleys of the course on Telemark Lodge’s grounds.

“Cause when you’re in a race it can change continuously,” said McFadden.

“It’s nice to get some experience with the wind before the competition,” said Bukkvoll.

Team members tell FOX 21 the course is meticulous and hardcore, but so far so good.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” said McFadden. “There’s lots of climbs, lots of really good downhills and also really good straightaways.”

“It’s not easy to prepare all the tracks because lack of snow but today looks good,” said Romback. “I hope people watch this competition and will see what is possible with people with disabilities.”

An Olympic-style opening ceremony was also held Friday.

The race will kick off Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.

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