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Cross Country Skiing has Deep Roots in Scandinavia

The origins of cross country, or Nordic, skiing go back at least 5,000 years when the technique was used as a means of winter transportation. Competition began in Scandinavia in the 19th century. The men's events were included in the first Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924; women's competition was added in 1952. Scandinavians have dominated the sport from the beginning. Skiers employ either a classic technique using a diagonal stride in which the skis remain parallel, or free technique, which resembles the motion of ice skating and is usually faster than classic. Bindings secure only the toe of the boot to the ski. Boots are similar to running shoes, although the boots for free technique are more rigid and provide more ankle support than those used in classic technique. Perhaps the most important equipment to the sport is wax, which can make the difference between winning and losing. Choice of wax is critical and is determined by examining the snow and the weather conditions. Olympic competition encompasses twelve different Nordic events. Women compete in sprint, team sprint, 10K individual start, 15K pursuit, 30K mass start and the 4x5K relay. Men compete in the sprint, team sprint, 15K individual start, 30K pursuit, 50K mass start and the 4x10K relay.

Official Olympic Cross Country Skiing Sites


Vancouver Official Cross Country

Olympic Official Cross Country

United States Cross Country Ski Team


Olympic Cross Country Skiing News and Guides


NBC 2010 Olympic Cross Country Skiing Guide

CBC 2010 Olympic Cross Country Skiing Guide

Canoe 2010 Olympic Cross Country Skiing

BBC 2010 Olympic Cross Country Skiing

ESPN 2010 Olympic Cross Country Skiing

NY Times 2010 Olympic Cross Country Skiing

USA Today 2010 Olympic Cross Country Skiing


Olympic Cross Country Skiing History


BBC 2002 Olympic Skiing News

Canoe 2002 Cross Country Guide

CBS 2002 Cross Country Skiing News

Deseret News and KSL Radio, SLC Coverage

ESPN Olympic Cross Country/Biathlon

New York Times 2002 Cross Country Overview

Rocky Mountain News 2002 Nordic Skiing Guide

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USA Today 2002 Olympic Nordic Events

Washington Post 2002 Olympic Cross Country Skiing News

CBS Sports Olympic Cross Country History

Slam! 1998 Cross Country Coverage


Other Cross Country Skiing Sites


Cross Country Skier

Salt Lake Tribune - Cross Country Skiing Tutorial

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Cross Country Skiing Stuff


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