Cross Country Skiing

This page draws together cross country skiing-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics cross country skiing.  View the Cross Country Skiing Fact Sheet

Cross Country Skiing is offered as one of 4 Special Olympics snow sports, along with Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding and Snowshoeing. Cross Country Skiing has been a Special Olympics official sport with events at the World Games since 1977. There are over 41,000 athletes in the sport of Cross Country Skiing across 6 global regions. Cross-country skiing (commonly abbreviated XC skiing) is a winter sport in which participants propel themselves across snow-covered terrain using skis and poles.

Cross Country Skiing Stories and News

March 24, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Estonia

Third Baltic Winter Games hosted by Special Olympics Estonia

By Siret Kruk

147 cross-coutry skiers from 4 countries competed in Estonia.

The Games started on 5th March. Despite high temperatures and very difficult snow conditions in all of Europe, athletes could compete on perfectly prepared venue, in division races from 100m to 1,2km.View Story For the third year Otepää city gathered 200 Special Olympics cross-country skiers aged 10-62 and their coaches from Estonia (24 clubs, special schools and centres), Latvia , Lithuania and Poland. The Games started on 5th March morning from the ceremonies in front of Otepää Municipality House and followed by Torch Run in escort of the friendly Estonian Police to the Ski stadium, where the Opening Ceremonies took place. Despite high temperatures and very difficult snow conditions in all of Europe, athletes could compete on perfectly prepared venue, in division races from 100m to 1,2km. On 6th March, the finals and relays 4x500m were concluded with emotional awarding and closing ceremonies. The ski resort in Otepää is famous for its world-class standard where World Cup and championships in cross-country skiing have taken place. After the competition participants relaxed in Pühajärve Spa and Holiday Resort, where attractions and social activities were organized.

About Siret Kruk:Sports Director of SO Estonia; the organizer of annual SO cross-country skiing competition in Otepaa.
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March 25, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Estonia

Baltic Winter Games in South Estonia.

By Siret Kruk

The emotions from these events will remain in the participants' hearts and souls for a very long time.View Story The first day started with a Torch Run in cooperation with the Estonian Police. In the run, 44 police officers, delegations from Latvia and Lithuania and 24 Estonian member organisations took part. The ski resort in Otepää is famous for its high-level standard where World Cup in cross-country skiing and other championships have taken place. After the opening ceremony, 153 Special Olympics athletes had an opportunity to compete on these excellent tracks and had qualifying heats in the 100m, 500m, 1km and 2.5 km cross-country skiing. After the competitions, the delegations headed to Pühajärve Spa and Holiday Resort where different activities for the athletes continued. The next day there were final competitions and 4x500m relay. At the prize giving ceremony every athlete got a medal. The emotions from these events will remain in the participants' hearts and souls for a very long time.

About Siret Kruk:Special Olympics Estonia
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Cross-Country Skiing Competitions

World Winter Games 2013

The 2013 Games featured world-class competition in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and speedskating, among other sports in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. See results by delegation, athlete and bib number.

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