Skiers Head to Sea-to-Sky Country for 2008 Haywood Ski Nationals
-650 athletes to hit the competition trails at Whistler Olympic Park-
Squamish, BCâ€”Athletes, teams, and coaches from across Canada will arrive in Sea-to-Sky country to compete at the 2008 Haywood Ski Nationals, the 81st edition of the Canadian Cross Country Ski Championships, March 16-23, 2008 at Whistler Olympic Park.
Event organizers will welcome competitors from 16 nations, including some of the world’s
top-ranked skiers from Sweden, to make this one of the most thrilling events of the winter season. Athletes from Norway, Finland, Peru, South Africa, Great Britain, Australia, Japan and New Zealand are also expected to participate, including a large contingent of top-ranked skiers from the USA. The first day of competition on Sunday kicks off with the opening ceremony at 8:45am and the exciting Team Sprints race at 9:00am.
Some of the top American skiers on the start list as of March 4th:
Morgan Arritola, Kate Arduser, Tazlina Mannix, Andy Newell, Leif Zimmermann, Kikkan Randall, Noah Hoffman and Evelyn Dong, among many others.
WHAT: 2008 Haywood Ski Nationals
WHERE: Whistler Olympic Park (from Highway 99 the venue is located 10km up the Callaghan Valley access road)
WHEN: March 16-23, 2008
Sunday, March 16 – Team Sprints
Tuesday, March 18 – Short Distance, Classic
Wednesday, March 19 – Medium Distance, Free Technique
Friday, March 21 – Free Technique Sprints
Sunday, March 23 – Long Distance, Free Technique
In addition to an action-packed week of skiing, the â€œWild at Artâ€ festival will run concurrently and features a wide variety of cultural offerings unique to the Squamish area, including a live outdoor concert to mark the end of the competition week. A huge â€œDemo Day and Expoâ€ takes place on Saturday, March 15th at Whistler Olympic Park where everyone is invited to try out top equipment available from leading ski manufacturers and suppliers.
â€œWe encourage everyone to come out and cheer on these talented and dedicated athletes,â€ said Denise Imbeau, CALOC’s Managing Director. â€œWe also thank our sponsors for their generous support and the extraordinary efforts of almost 200 volunteers for helping to make this one of the most successful events hosted by CALOC and the community.â€
The 2008 Haywood Ski Nationals is hosted by CALOC in collaboration with VANOC’s Nordic department and Cross Country Canada (CCC). For detailed information and event schedule, visit www.skinationals.com
The Squamish-based organization is committed to the staging of world class Nordic sports competitions in the Callaghan Valley, including cross-country skiing, biathlon, ski jumping and Nordic combined, in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and beyond. For additional information, visit http://www.boldtracks.com .