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FIS inspection gives thumbs up for Minneapolis World Cup

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) recently concluded its thorough site and racecourse inspection, declaring the city ready to host the World Cup event. 

Photo: Petter Arvidson/Bildbyrån

Minneapolis is the home of Jessie Diggins, the most decorated cross-country skier in the U.S. and a three-time Olympic medalist.

The traditional cross-country skiing World Cup event is scheduled to take place at Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, from February 17-18, 2024. With the United States hosting a cross-country World Cup for the first time in over two decades, excitement is building among athletes and fans alike.

According to a press release, a team of technical experts from the FIS conducted the comprehensive inspection, meticulously evaluating the race venue’s suitability and preparedness. Their primary focus was to ensure an optimal experience for both participants and spectators and to guarantee adherence to international standards.

“The inspection encompassed an in-depth analysis of key factors, including the racecourse design and infrastructure. The FIS team worked closely with the host, the Loppet Foundation, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard to share their recommendations to ensure the event adheres to international standards and guarantees a memorable competition for all involved.”

The selection of Theodore Wirth Park as the host venue was a testament to the exceptional cross-country ski trail system created by the Loppet Foundation, a renowned non-profit organization in Minneapolis. Known for its dedication to promoting outdoor activities for people of all ages, the foundation’s partnership with the city underscores its commitment to winter sports. This event will showcase Minneapolis’ urban trail system and the Loppet Foundation’s efforts to make outdoor recreation accessible to all.

Claire Wilson, Executive Director of the Loppet Foundation, expressed enthusiasm about hosting the World Cup event, stating: 

“The Loppet Foundation is thrilled to welcome the world to Wirth Park and to showcase how a stellar trail system in the heart of Minneapolis can be not only a place where all ages and abilities learn to ski and love the outdoors but also where the world’s greatest athletes compete on an international stage.”

Michal Lamplot, FIS Cross-Country Race Director, shared his satisfaction with the progress and preparations made for the World Cup in Minneapolis: 

“The Loppet Foundation has demonstrated their commitment to organizing a world-class event, and we are confident that the race course and facilities will meet the high standards set by the FIS,” Lamplot stated and added:

“We look forward to an exciting competition that will captivate audiences and further promote the sport of cross-country skiing.”

Adding to the excitement, Minneapolis is the home of Jessie Diggins, the most decorated cross-country skier in the U.S. and a three-time Olympic medalist. Diggins, who has achieved remarkable success on international stages, will finally have the opportunity to compete in a World Cup on her home soil.

Read More: FIS World Cup calendar and approved cross-country skiing distances.

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