Anchorage, AK – The 2017-18 World Cup cross country ski season begins in Ruka, Finland on November 24th. APU will have 6 athletes competing for the U.S. (Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen, Erik Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan, Scott Patterson and Chelsea Holmes) and 1 for Australia (Jessica Yeaton). The domestic racing season begins on December 2nd in West Yellowstone, MT. Both the World Cup races and domestic races will be used to determine the 2018 Olympic teams. The final domestic races to qualify for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea will be held here in Anchorage January 3-8th at Kincaid Park. More information on the US National Championships- Olympic trial races can be found at anchoragenordicski.com.
“Of all the seasons so far, this has to be one of the best to start. Two World Championship medals last season and seven APU athletes starting the opening World Cups. It says a lot about how hard we have been working and the support of our Alaskan community.” – Erik Flora, Director and Head Elite Team Coach of the APU Nordic Ski Center
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