Challenging Masters World Cup in Vuokatti

The 2016 Masters World Cup taking place 5-12 February 2016 in Vuokatti, Finland was considered a successful event by participants, World Masters Association representatives, and organizers alike.

908 skiers from 23 nations took part in the MWC2016 -- a very good showing given generally poor snow conditions throughout much of Europe in the first half of the 2015/16 ski season. 

A typically stable location for snow in early February, Vuokatti featured above-average temperatures and lower-than-normal snowfall -- but due to excellent efforts by the organizers and trail grooming staff all events were completed on schedule and with full courses.

The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association now looks forward to the 2017 Masters World Cup in Klosters, Switzerland from March 2-11.

Medaillenspiegel Masters World Cup 2016 Vuokatti

 

Nation   Gold Silver Bronze Total

Russia
RUS
 51
 52
 40
143
Finland
FIN
 63
 45
 29
137
Norway
NOR
13
 8
 12
33
Italy
ITA
 7
 13
 9
29
Sweden
SWE
 10
 7
 11
28
United States of America
USA
3
 3
 7
13
 France FRA   
 4
 7
 11
Switzerland
SUI
1
 2
 7
 10
Canada
CAN
2
 1
 5
 8
 Germany GER   
 5
 1
 6
Estonia
EST
 2
 4
 6
 Ukraine
UKR   
 2
 4
 6
Czech Republic
CZE
 1
 2
 2
 5
 Belarus BLR 2 2
 Austria AUT
 1
1
 


 


 


 


 

     
Medaillen total / Medals in total   153
 149
  136
 438


All races completed

Registered participants for Vuokatti 2016

MWC 2017 Klosters – Homepage

For all information regarding Masters World Cup 2017 in Klosters/Switzerland from March 3-10, 2017 please visit organizer homepage www.mwc2017.com.

WMA Loses Our Luxembourg National Director

Dear Friends:

BerndSchweinbergerIt is with great sadness that I must report the passing in late November of Bernd Schweinberger, WMA National Director from Luxembourg.

The WMA is a very small family considering the global reach of the organization. We will alll miss Bernd as both a colleague and a friend.

A funeral was held in Bad Aibling on 28th November.

Any skier from Luxembourg that requires registration assistance for the MWC2016 should contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and appropriate arrangements will be made.

Best regards,

John (J.D.) Downing

President, World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association

 

John Downing elected as new WMA President

JohnDowningDuring the inspection of the host of the Masters World Cup 2017, Klosters/Switzerland, from September 24-27, 2015 Annual Meeting of WMA has been conducted.

One of the most important issues on the agenda was the election of a President and one Vice President. As successor for the early resigned President Thomas Heckmann (GER) and Vice President Georg Wörter (AUT) John Downing (USA) became elected as President and Rolf Hammar (SWE) as Vice President. Both were elected for a four year´s period.

John Downing from Bend/Ore. represents the American Masters already since 2004 in the WMA. He is also National Director of the American XC Skiers and Executive Director of the American Ski Marathon Series. Also as coach he is very experienced and qualified and as time permits also racing himself.

Rolf Hammar, well known as former General Secretary of Wasaloppet, was already working as Vice President in WMA.

For further two years the two other Vice Presidents Maia Tchernenkaia (RUS) and Klaus Pleyer (SUI) as well as Elisabeth Heckmann (SUI) will remain in charge.

 

 

2018 Masters World Cup for Cross-Country Skiing to be Held in Minneapolis, MN

 

This article was posted on Friday, September 25th, 2015

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Minneapolis awarded Masters World Cup bid

Sept. 25, 2015 (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) – In early 2018, the Loppet Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA will host the Masters World Cup on the trails of Theodore Wirth Park Winter Recreation Area. The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association (WMA) awarded the bid at their annual meeting in Klosters, Switzerland on September 25.

John Downing, National Director of the United States branch of the WMA, officially presented the Minneapolis location to the WMA board of directors during the 2014 Annual Meeting in Vuokatti, Finland. “I was really excited to present Minneapolis,” Downing related via phone afterwards. “This is a unique opportunity for WMA. Athletes can fly into the Minneapolis airport, take light rail downtown, enjoy great skiing by day, and fine dining and culture in the evening. I think the athletes and their families will love this experience!”

The Loppet Foundation’s Minneapolis host committee presented the bid via live video conference from Loppet World Headquarters to the WMA delegates gathered in Switzerland. Loppet Foundation Executive Director John Munger, Loppet Foundation Operations and Race Director Mike Erickson; and Loppet Foundation Volunteer Special Event Lead Coordinator Michael Bono gathered at 5 a.m. to do the presentation. In Klosters, there were roughly 30 people in attendance at the WMA Annual Meeting, with delegates representing 24 ski nations. Following the bid presentation the delegates voted unanimously to name Minneapolis the host for Masters World Cup 2018.

The host committee was really excited. “We are thrilled to have the world coming to Minneapolis.” said Munger. “We are looking forward to hosting athletes from all over the world – and we think they will be shocked at what Minneapolis has to offer. How many places can you ski on world class ski trails by day and go to a play at the Guthrie or shopping in downtown or at the MOA at night?”

Munger added that “[he is] personally excited to have the opportunity to compete [himself]. [He] think[s] the Midwest and the United States will make a good showing!”

The 2018 Masters World Cup is expected to bring over one-thousand cross-country ski competitors from around the world to the Twin Cities. In addition to the thousand racers, hundreds of family members, coaches and international media will be in attendance. This once a year event is the unofficial world championships for male and female competitors over 30 years of age.

The competitions will take place in Theodore Wirth Park, about 5-7 km from the city center. Theodore Wirth Park features 759 acres (3.07 km2) of diverse ecosystems in a stunning urban forest. The serenity of the park and woods sets it apart from the bustling metropolitan area; visitors often forget that they are in the heart of a city. The Theodore Wirth Park trails stretch to the Chain of Lakes – with 29 kilometers of trail in the park and 8 more kilometers on the Chain of Lakes – making the trails among the longest urban ski trail networks in North America.

The Masters World Cup will be held in late January/early February 2018 over an eight day span. Organizers have not yet finalized the dates, as they are somewhat dependent on the date the National Football League selects for the 2018 Minnesota Super Bowl.

Minneapolis will be the sixth US city to host the Masters World Cup event. Other US venues have included: 1983, Telemark, WI; 1986, Lake Placid, NY; 1992, Anchorage, AK; 1998, Lake Placid, NY; and 2008 McCall, ID.

About the Loppet Foundation: Established in 2002 with an 800-person ski race, the Loppet Foundation now welcomes 40,000 participants annually to its events and programs. The Loppet Foundation engages people of all ages and backgrounds in year-round outdoor activities and adventures. The organization focuses its efforts around Events, Adventures, Racing, and Stewardship. Over the years the Foundation has taught more than 5,000 kids, including 4,000 from North Minneapolis, to ski, bike, and run trails, inspiring a love of the outdoors. For more information, visit loppet.org.

About the World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association: WMA was formed in February 1982 as a worldwide association for masters cross-country skiers. The Association provides a common international platform for top competitive skiers as well as for those who simply enjoy racing, regardless of the ranking. For more information, visit world-masters-xc-skiing.com.