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CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO MIDWEST THROUGH 2008
Houghton, Mich wins back to back bids after successful Junior Olympics

PARK CITY, Utah (May 17) – The 2007 U.S. Cross Country Championships will return to the Midwest for the first time in more than a decade for the next two seasons, bringing title races for the first time to Houghton, Mich., next Jan. 3-7 and again in 2008, U.S. Nordic Director Luke Bodensteiner said.

Houghton and Michigan Tech hosted the cross country Junior Olympics last season and was chosen over two other sites bidding for the championships, he said. Disabled cross country races will also be part of the national championships races in Houghton.

“The organizers in Houghton just wrapped-up one of our best-ever Junior Olympic championships, and the response from the coaches and teams was overwhelming,” Bodensteiner said. “With such a high-quality organizers waiting to bring the championships back to the Midwest, the choice was clear. They have the trails, they have the facilities, and they have a great organizing committee led by guys like Mike Abbott, Jim Tervo and Jack Jeffery…and a community eager to bring to the races to their town.”

Bodensteiner said the championships would be split in two with the short distance races in Houghton and longer distance title events in the spring at a site to be determined. The longer races – men's 30K pursuit (15K CL and 15K FR) and women's 15K pursuit (7.5+7.5) as well as the men's 50K and women's 30K freestyle – will be held in the spring.

The last U.S. championships in the Midwest were in January 1992 at Giants Ridge, Minn., and doubled as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Albertville, France – coincidentally, when Bodensteiner qualified for his first Olympics (along with newly named U.S. Head Coach Pete Vordenberg). Giants Ridge also was the nationals site in 1989.

Draft USSA Schedule For 2006-2007

Date

Location

Comments

     

Nov. 24-25

West Yellowstone, MT

SuperTour/US100

10/10km C, Sprint F

Dec. 2-3

Bozeman, MT

SuperTour

Sprint C, Team Sprint

Dec. 6, 9-10

Sun Valley, ID

SuperTour Sprint C

10/15km C, 15/30km F mass start

Dec. 15-16

Soldier Hollow, UT

SuperTour

10/15km C, 15/30km F mass start

Jan. 3-7

MTU

Houghton, MI

 

U.S. Nationals – SuperTour

Day 1:  5/10km C

Day 2:  10/15km F

Day 4:  Sprint C (30 in Finals)

Day 5:   Team Sprint Free

Jan. 13-14

Madison, WI

Grand Prix

SuperTour

Team Sprint F, Sprint C (Finals 1-8 and 9-16)

Jan. 20-21

Mt. Itasca, MN

Grand Prix

SuperTour

5/10km F, 10/15km C

Jan. 24-28

Telemark, WI

Grand Prix

SuperTour

Sprint C

5/10km F, 10/15km C mass-start

Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Tarvisio, ITA

World Jr/U23 Championship

Feb. 3-4

Minneapolis

Grand Prix

SuperTour

Sprint F (Finals 1-8)

30/30km F mass-start

Feb. 10

Aspen, CO

SuperTour

30/30km F mass-start

Feb. 22-Mar. 4

Sapporo, JPN

World Championships

Feb. 24

Hayward, WI

American Birkebeiner

52km F mass-start

Mar. 5-10

Soldier Hollow, UT

JOs

Mar. 8-10

JACKSON, NH

NCAA Championships

5/10km C, 15/20km F Mass-start

Mar. 31-April 7

TBD

SuperTour Finals/US Distance
Nationals

Mar 31:  Pursuit

April 1:  30/50km F mass start

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