Lake Placid to Hold U.S. Nordic Championships Without Snow

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 16, 2009 6:35 pm

For the Nordies, Nationals come early. Lake Placid is again set to hold the U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships on Oct. 10, 2009. If you’re thinking, “Wait, there’s no snow yet,” well, you’re right. For the second time the Nordic Nationals will be held off the cold white stuff. “This has proven to be an ideal time of year to hold U.S. Championships for our nordic combined and ski jumping athletes as it offers a perfect tune-up for the upcoming World Cup and Continental Cup seasons,” U.S. Nordic Program Director John Farra said. “Lake Placid did a superb job in the first non-winter U.S. Championships we held last October, and we look forward to continued success with the event this year.”

Farra himself originally hails from Lake Placid, and knows firsthand how the locale is perfect for the sport. The Championships will feature a K90 jumping event for men and women, including the Nordic Combined athletes. There’s also a 10K race to be held on roller skis. “We are pleased to host this prestigious event and look forward to an exciting competition,” said Jim Goff, ORDA Director of Events. “We know these young men and women will be performing at their highest level and our staff at the Intervale Jumping Complex will provide them with the best possible venue to succeed.”

The event will include more that just skiers, too. Lake Placid is home to one of the U.S. Olympic Training Centers, and several athletes have been there pumping in high gear, preparing for Vancouver. “In conjunction, we also will host a public celebration and send-off for the more than 200 athletes from the many different sports who are training and competing in Lake Placid as they endeavor to make the 2010 U.S. Olympic team,” Goff said. 


photo: USSA