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Small Wisconsin Town Preps for World Event

Updated: 05/28/2014 6:31 PM
Created: 05/28/2014 5:26 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

The northern Wisconsin town of Cable is busy planning for the 2015 IPC Nordic World Championships. They've hosted two Paralympic Nordic World Cups, but the championships are bigger, drawing in 200 athletes from 23 countries.

Organizers say many athletes who perhaps lost in February at the Sochi Paralympics will be seeking redemption in Cable next January.

Just over 800 people call Cable home, but in eight months their quiet downtown will be the stage for an opening ceremony fit for the world.

"This will be the first gathering of international athletes since the Sochi Games. The World Championships are the most prestigious competition in a non-Olympic year," said James Bolen, the executive director for the Cable Area Chamber. 

Before next January, however, there's a lot of work to do. Coaches and experts met Wednesday with the local organizing committee to figure out how they're going to make the Paralympic Nordic Skiing World Championships work.

"We're really thinking about logistics, where the opening ceremonies and closings and all the award ceremonies [will be] and the layout of the trails, what the new stadium is going to look like," explained John Farra, the U.S. Paralympic Nordic director.

Athletes will compete on the trails surrounding Telemark Resort. But the lodge is still closed and posed a challenge for organizers. Bolen said Lakewoods Resort on Lake Namakagon will host the athletes and coaches.

"Now we have to worry about transportation from the lodging facility at Lakewoods to the competition venue. We have to bring in tents and little things, like electricity and port-a-potties and all these things that the facility used to provide," said Bolen.

They're still working out details, but they do know they want to highlight the northern Wisconsin culture. That pride is something Eileen Carey, a paralympic nordic coach, noticed at the Sochi Games in February.

"I think that's something that Wisconsin and Cable, in particular, is set up well to highlight the things that are unique here," she said.

The Paralympic Nordic World Championships has only been hosted in the U.S. two times before. Organizers expect Cable to host the biggest championships yet.

The championships in Cable will run from January 21 - February 2, 2015.

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