Salt Lake City, Utah – Jan 10, 2012: The National Nordic Foundation announces the NNF Cup to increase the awareness of America’s premier cross country club programs. It simultaneously aims to trigger the competitive nature of these clubs and entice them to strive to even do even better. These clubs provide daily support and motivation to tomorrow’s stars today.
While Nordic is considered an individual sport, no athlete can go it alone. The club programs develop and support athletes from first time skiers until they retire from the sport decades later. These clubs are the athlete’s teams and the athletes wear their club colors proudly.
The competition between clubs to be the best is raising the level of support and success for the nation as a whole. A rivalry between clubs makes everyone try harder. It starts the first time a young skier dons his club jacket that is most often two sizes too large. It continues at JO qualifiers and the Junior Olympics where athletes cheer for their teammates as much as themselves. And now an ever expanding support to expand post JO support through the USSA Super Tour is pushing this club rivalry (and our national aspirations) to the next level.
Just as a US athlete dare not show up to a US Ski Team training camp wearing a Team Norway hat. One best not show up to a SVSEF training session wearing an APU hat unless you are on APU. The NNF Cup aims to increase the recognition of what our nation’s top clubs are doing to prepare athletes to be competitive internationally. It also aims to encourage more clubs to step up and create their version of a the best club model.
NNF Cup Rules
1. Athlete score points for one club. 2. Use existing Super Tour races. 3. Score top 3 members of the club who finish in the top 10 using Continental Cup scoring 4. Have three team standings: male, female and overall. 5. Overall winner will win the NNF Cup and be awarded a traveling trophy.
Support Tomorrow’s Stars Today
The National Nordic Foundation exists to help America’s young, dedicated, and driven Nordic talent realize their, and America’s, long term potential in sport and in life. The biggest hurdle facing American Nordic racers is gaining consistent access to international quality coaching, training, and racing experiences from ages 15 through 25. Providing future generations of U.S. Nordic athletes earned access to a progression of high-quality international competitions, their life enriching lessons, represents this nation’s greatest Nordic development opportunity and funding need.
The National Nordic Foundation and its Pillar Projects exist to fulfill this need. The NNF’s 2011/2012 investment in the cross-country discipline is a record $83,000. These strategic investments, made to Support Tomorrow’s Stars Today, are made possible by the generous contributions from over 1000 individuals who donated through the Drive-for-25 and other NNF fundraising efforts this fall. THANK YOU NORDIC COMMUNITY!
Please donate to the National Nordic Foundation and support tomorrow’s stars today as their quest for athletic accomplishment on the trails prepares them to achieve their potential in life while inspiring others to do the same. Please Donate $25 or $2500 Here Now!
Alex Kochon (email@example.com) is the former managing editor at FasterSkier. She spent seven years with FS from 2011-2018, and has been writing, editing, and skiing ever since. She's making a cameo in 2020.