Games

Cross Country Skiing

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In cross country skiing, athletes compete in how fast they cross prepared trails (pistes) using skis and ski poles.

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1977
Established at Special Olympics

According to historians, the first skis were made by northern hunters in the 6-7th centuries BC. The appearance of the skis was driven by the human need to hunt for food in winter and move through snow-covered lands. The first skis were similar to modern snowshoes.

Cross country skiing is a low impact, aerobic sport that has various health benefits for its athletes. The low impact nature of the sport reduces impact loading on joints, while also using a large percentage of muscle mass to glide over snow covered surfaces. In addition, cross country skiing can improve an athlete's respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

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The brand new facility, located in Mirny village, features a 5km track to accommodate professional and amateur athletes.