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.


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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


May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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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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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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