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U.S. XC SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN SATURDAY IN RUMFORD
RUMFORD, Maine (Dec. 31) — Olympians and aspiring Olympians battling for national titles will be first and foremost starting Saturday at the 2004 Chevrolet U.S. Cross Country Championships at Black Mountain, but U.S. coaches also will be filling berths at the Under-23 World Championships, the World Junior Championships and an important juniors trip overseas.
A near-record field is expected as the championships return to Rumford and the Chisholm Ski Club for the second consecutive season and for the fourth time in 12 seasons, U.S. Nordic Director Luke Bodensteiner said. Two-time Olympian Carl Swenson (Boulder, CO), who won three more titles a year ago, will be looking to add to the eight he's won in his career.