NNF funds a record $121,000 in Cross-Country Pillar Projects

$18,400 J1 Scando Trip 

This trip is the first exposure to international racing and racing travel for U.S. athletes. This is a chance for our young athletes to get exposure to high level international competitions in a fun atmosphere. The athletes build friendships, learn to travel as a team in a foreign country, and race against some of the best juniors in the World. Coaches on the trip also gain valuable international experience.  Total trip cost $23,400 (not including airfare): Trondheim, Norway -10 days.

$45,600*- World Junior Championships/Under 23 World Championships 

The World Junior/U23 Ski Championship is where then nation’s top junior athletes first see how they stack up against the very best juniors in the World. Results at the annual World Championship are often a precursor to the results at (Senior) Nordic World Championships 2-4 years later. For U.S. athletes the Junior/U23 World Championships are the foundation and stepping stone for a successful future.  Total trip cost $64,025 (not including airfare) Ramsau, Austria 5 day training camp- Liberec, Czech Republic – 11 days at the U23/World Junior Championship

*In addition the NNF will continue its Podium Challenge in which NNF will pay for the complete trip of any athlete that has a top-3 “podium” result. Last year this was met by Noah Hoffman who won a silver medal in the 15k classic.

$17,000 – Europe Continental Cup World Junior/U23 trip extension. 

The Europe Continental Cup Pillar funding allows a two week extension of the U23/World Junior Championships trip. It provides an opportunity for the athletes to build on the performances and experiences from the Championships. These additional weeks of racing play an important role in an athlete’s long term development racing at an international series just below the World Cup. Total trip cost $19,000 (not including airfare) 12 Days, Madona, Latvia & Joulumae, Estonia

$40,000 – World Cup 

The World Cup Pillar Funding invests in the U.S. Ski Team’s B Team. The B Team consists of athletes (Holly Brooks, Ida Sargent, Sadie Bjornsen, Noah Hoffman, Tad Elliott) who are competing on the World Cup circuit but are not funded to do so by U.S. Ski Team. The World Cup is the premier race circuit. A full season of international racing will cost each athlete $24,000.


NNF will announce its next round of 2012/2013 Cross-Country Pillar Project funding next month. This funding will encompass OPA Cup, World Championship and other Pillar Projects. The nation’s top developing athletes earn the right to participate in these events through their competitive results. For over 15 years the National Nordic Foundation has been supporting the pillars of U.S. Nordic development. Long term strategic funding of these events (Pillar Projects) provide our athletes developmental opportunities that have been key factors to the success our World Cup team is currently having.

Thank you all for helping make this possible, together we can continue to make a difference!

National Nordic Foundation

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