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26 Races in XC SuperTour, Starting Nov. 24-25

Mon, Oct  9, 2006 - By US Ski Team

PARK CITY, Utah (Oct. 9) - The 2007 USSA Cross Country SuperTour will have 26 races with a total purse of $130,000, beginning Nov. 24-25 in West Yellowstone, Mont., and including both the U.S. short-distance and long-distance championships, the U.S. Ski Team said.

U.S. Nordic Director Luke Bodensteiner said the races, which include three team (i.e., two-athlete) sprints, would help in determining athletes chosen for the World Nordic Ski Championships Team in Sapporo, Japan, in late February as well as the Junior World Championships and Under-23 Worlds, which will run simultaneously Jan. 29-Feb. 4 in Tarvisio, Italy.

"The SuperTour has been a development ground for our best World Cup racers in recent years," Bodensteiner said. "Olympians Kikkan Randall [Anchorage, AK], Kris Freeman [Andover, NH], Andy Newell [Shaftsbury, VT], Carl Swenson [Park City, UT] - and even Ivan Babikov, the Russian who lives in Canada, all scored their first top-5 World Cup or World Championship results within a season of winning a SuperTour overall title."

The schedule includes a variety of race distances in classic or freestyle (skating) technique. It also has a diversity of terrain, including both sides of the U.S. Championships (the short-distance title races Jan. 3-7 on the Michigan Tech trails in Houghton, Mich., plus the SuperTour Finals and long-distance championships March 29-April 1 at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Presque Isle, Maine), the fabled American Birkebeiner marathon Feb. 24 in Wisconsin and the Madison sprints Jan. 13-14, races downtown in the Wisconsin capital city.

The 2007 USSA Cross Country SuperTour schedule (* designates mass start race):

Nov. 24-25 - West Yellowstone, Mont [Yellowstone Ski Festival]
- Men & Women FR sprint
- Men's 10K CL/Women's 5K CL

Dec. 2-3 - Bozeman, Mont.
- FR sprint
- Team CL sprint

Dec. 6-10 - Sun Valley, Idaho
- CL Sprint
- Men's 15KCL/Women's 10K CL
- Men's 30K FR/Women's 15K FR*

Dec. 16-17 - Soldier Hollow, Utah
- Men's 15K FR/Women's 10K FR
- CL sprint

Jan. 3-7 - Houghton, Mich.
U.S. Short Distance Championships
- Men's 10K CL/Women's 5K CL
- Men's 15K FR/Women's 10K FR
- CL sprint
- Team FR sprint

Jan. 13-14 - Madison Sprints in Madison, Wis.
- Team FR sprint
- CL sprint

Jan. 20-21 - Itasca, Minn.
- Men's 10K CL/Women's 5K CL
- Men's 10K FR/Women's 10K FR

Jan. 24-28 - Telemark, Wis.
- FR sprint
- Men's 10K FR/Women's 5K FR
- Men's 15K CL/Women's 10K CL*

Feb. 3-4 - Minneapolis
- FR Sprint
- Men&Women 30K FR*

Feb. 10 - Aspen, Colo.
- Men&Women 30K FR*

Feb. 24 - Hayward, Wis.
- American Birkebeiner, 52K FR

March 29-April 1 - Presque Isle, Maine
U.S. Long Distance Championships / SuperTour Finals
- Men's 30K (15K+15K) Pursuit/Women's 15K (7.5K+7.5K) Pursuit
- Men's 50K FR/Women's 30K FR*