Feb. 6, 2002 -- This week Big Mountain Resort in Whitefish, MT is hosting 6 days of World Cup Telemark Races. The week's races--which are santioned by the Federation of International Skiing (FIS)--have brought skiers from around the world.
The athletes from 10 nations came to compete in two Giant Slaloms, two Classic races, and two Sprint Classic races. There is a Giant Slaloms scheduled for today and a Sprint Classic is scheduled for tomorrow, which is also the last day racing.
In the Giant Slaloms speed event, racers not only work against the clock, but also must participate in a mandatory jumping section. The Classic and Sprint Classic races are all-terrain events with speed, banking, and rolling sections, a few skating sprints and a Nordic distance jump up to 75 feet.
So far the Americans have had success. Reid Sabin of Whitefish took first place in Thursday's Men's Giant Slalom while local Cody Thompson took second in the first Women's Giant Slalom.
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