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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.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics cross country skiing.  View the Cross Country Skiing Fact Sheet

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.


Cross Country Skiing Stories and News


March 09, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Lebanon

Lebanon will host 2016 first- ever Special Olympics MENA Winter games

By Noha Gaballa

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Special Olympics Lebanon will host the first- ever Regional Winter games from 30 January to 5 February 2016. The games will feature 4 Olympic-type Winter Sports (Floor Hockey, Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing and Cross Country Skiing) with an anticipated participation of 370 athletes, 70 coaches, 60 Youth & Families representing 15 countries from the MENA region.View Story Special Olympics Middle East North Africa recently announced that Special Olympics Lebanon will host the first- ever Regional Winter games from 30 January to 5 February 2016. The games will feature 4 Olympic-type Winter Sports (Floor Hockey, Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing and Cross Country Skiing) with an anticipated participation of 370 athletes, 70 coaches, 60 Youth & Families representing 15 countries from the MENA region. SO MENA Regional President & Managing Director Ayman Abdel Wahab met the Lebanese Prime Minister and the Youth & Sports Minister in Beirut where they discussed the arrangements for the upcoming Regional Winter games and they expressed their utmost pleasure that Lebanon was awarded to host such a great games that will send a message of inclusion, respect and celebrate the determination, courage and special abilities of Special Olympics athletes.

About Noha Gaballa:Noha Gaballa: SO MENA Staff
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January 05, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

New Coaching Quiz: Cross Country Skiing

By Rafael Pacheco

A new online quiz on Cross Country Skiing is now available. It's a great way to review and learn about the Special Olympics approach to this sport in a low-pressure quiz format.View Story A new online quiz on Cross Country Skiing is now available. It's a great way to review and learn about the Special Olympics approach to this sport in a low-pressure quiz format. This quiz is designed to be taken by coaches to highlight what is different about this sport in Special Olympics, but they're useful for everyone involved in this sport. Name and other information is recorded for everyone who completes the quiz, so Programs can keep track of who has taken the quiz. In all, we have 21 sports-related quizzes.

About Rafael Pacheco:I am the e-Communications Product Manager for Special Olympics.
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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World Winter Games 2013

The 2013 Games featured world-class competition in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and speedskating, among other sports in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. See results by delegation, athlete and bib number.


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