23 Nations, 1,223 competitors, and five days of racing with as many as eight races in a day – The 2008 Masters World Cup in McCall, Idaho was a resounding success. This was the third Masters World Cup held in the United States and first since Lake Placid, N.Y., hosted the 1998 games. A record contingent of 660 Americans attended, along with 152 Canadians and 122 Russians.
The Russian team put on an impressive display, especially in the relay, where they won seven of the 14 races. The always strong Norweigans also consistently placed skiers in the top three, with the best performances coming in the long races at the end of the week. With significant depth the US team was able to hold its own against these powerhouses.
Skiers started each race in waves, separated by age groups and gender. Each event was held in both classic and freestyle on consecutive days, in three distances. Distance raced is determined by age classification. The organizing committee did a tremendous with this logistical challenge.
Complete Results for every race can be found here:
An on-line “scrapbook” with video highlights and local press coverage can be found here:
Congratulations to all participants!