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Cross Country Skiing

This page draws together cross country skiing-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing is offered as one of 4 Special Olympics snow sports, along with Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding and Snowshoeing. Cross Country Skiing has been a Special Olympics official sport with events at the World Games since 1977. There are over 41,000 athletes in the sport of Cross Country Skiing across 6 global regions. Cross-country skiing (commonly abbreviated XC skiing) is a winter sport in which participants propel themselves across snow-covered terrain using skis and poles.

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Special Olympics focuses on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. The coaching materials, rules and other resources on this page have been specially prepared for coaches working with people with intellectual disabilities. Coaching Special Olympics athletes calls for the same skills and experience that many coaches are familiar with. The extra information in our coaching guides about working with people with ID is what makes our materials helpful and valuable.

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  • feb. 25 - feb. 26
    2017 Special Olympics Oregon Winter Games
    sá. feb. 25 - do. feb. 26, 2017
     
    2 venues
    USA

    2017 Special Olympics Oregon Winter Games

    sá. feb. 25 - do. feb. 26, 2017
     

    Phenomenal athletes from around the state will hit the slopes February 25-26, 2017 at Mt. Bachelor for the annual Special Olympics Oregon Winter Games presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers. Athletes will meet at the starting line for alpine (slalom, giant slalom, downhill) and snowboarding events, along with cross country skiing and snow snowshoeing with awards being handed out by local officers as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Games Ceremonies will take place Saturday evening at Mountain View High School.


    Contact information

    • Chad Carter
      Sr. Director of Marketing & Communications
      ccarter@soor.org
      503-248-0600
    Venue(s)
    Mt. Bachelor
    13000 SW Century Drive
    Bend, Oregon
    USA
    Mt. Bachelor will play host to our competition with events taking place throughout the mountain.
    Mountain View High School
    2755 NE 27th St
    Bend, Oregon
    USA
    Mountain View High School will be the venue for the Games Ceremonies following the first day of competition. The dinner, ceremonies and dance will take place from 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the high school.
  • mar. 04 - mar. 05
    Special Olympics Connecticut 2017 Winter Games
    sá. mar. 4 - do. mar. 05, 2017
     
    5 venues
    USA

    Special Olympics Connecticut 2017 Winter Games

    sá. mar. 4 - do. mar. 05, 2017
     

    Special Olympics Connecticut will proudly host its 2017 Winter Games presented by Eversource Energy on Saturday March 4th and Sunday March 5th in the Greater Hartford area. Nearly 900 Athletes and Unified Sports Partners are expected to participate in skating, skiing, snowshoeing, gymnastics and unified floor hockey. You are invited to come out and cheer on the participants and enjoy a day of winter fun! Events are fee and open to the public.


    Contact information

    • Debbie Horne
      Director of Communications and Marketing
      debbieh@soct.org
      203-230-1201 ext 240
    Venue(s)
    Traditional and Unified Snowshoes and Cross Country Skiing
    Eversource, Windsor
    1985 Blue Hills Ave Ext.
    Windor, Connecticut
    USA
    Unified Floor Hockey and Floor Hockey Skills
    Pratt and Whitney Hangar
    Silver Lane
    East Hartford, Connecticut
    USA
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  • mar. 14 - mar. 25
    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
    ma. mar. 14 - sá. mar. 25, 2017
     
    6 venues
    Austria

    2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

    ma. mar. 14 - sá. mar. 25, 2017
     

    The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held in Austria in three primary locations: in Graz (the second largest city in Austria and capital of the Styria region), Schladming (host city of the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1982 and 2013) and Ramsau (host city of the Nordic Skiing World Championships in 1999).


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Opening Ceremony
    Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen
    Coburgstraße 52
    Schladming
    Austria
    Team Competitions
    Stadthalle Graz
    Messeplatz 1
    Graz
    Austria
    Competitions in floorball, floor hockey and stick shooting will be held on the first floor of Stadthalle Graz.
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