Five Selected for IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships

Five athletes will represent the United States at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships Feb. 23-March 5 in Solleftea, Sweden. The roster includes U.S. Navy Lt. Dan Cnossen (Jamestown, Mich.) and Andy Soule (Pearland, Texas), retired Army—both of whom earned a combined five medals at the recent IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup event in Cable, Wis.

“We are excited to enter a strong team of athletes for the 2013 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships,” said John Farra, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics Nordic skiing. “All of the athletes selected are coming off a very successful IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup on home soil in Cable, Wis., where Dan and Andy medaled. The other three have closed the gap and are climbing toward the podium. It is going to be fun to see what Team USA can do next month.”

Team USA has never medaled at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships. Cnossen took four medals, two in biathlon and two in cross-country; Soule won a silver medal in the middle biathlon event.

Each athlete on the U.S. team is an active-duty or veteran serviceman. The other three competitors are Eric Frazier (Maple Hill, N.C.), retired Marines; Sean Halsted (Spokane, Wash./Twin Lakes, Idaho), retired Air Force; and Jeremy Wagner (Honolulu, Hawaii), retired Army Reserves.