There are two different styles of skiing techniques that can be used in Cross-Country Skiing, Classic or Skating. The Classic style is the traditional style where your skis stay in a parallel position and you move forwards by sliding one foot forward at a time and putting all your weight on one ski at a time.
The Skating technique is a newer technique in which you move your feet side to side (much like a speed skater) and is faster than the Classic style. Races that are classified as Classic only allow the Classic technique to be used, whereas races that are classified as Freestyle allow the use of either technique, but athletes will generally Skate as it’s faster.
FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Freestyle Classic Sprint
FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Freestyle Interval Start
FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Freestyle Classic Mass Start
Entries for the FIS Cross-Country Australia New Zealand Cup Races are now open and can be made on the FIS Race Entry Form and returned to Winter Games NZ Cross-Country Manager Colleen Nisbet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry Deadline for all Cross-Country ANC Disciplines – 30 August 2019
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Jessie Diggins (USA) took first place at the 2018 Winter Games NZ in both the Classic Mass Start and the Individual Freestyle Interval. Jessie won a gold medal in the Team Sprint at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang 2018.
Kaichi Naruse (JPN) placed in the top five in all three of his events at the 2018 Winter Games NZ. He placed 2nd in the Individual Freestyle Interval, 4th in the Classic Mass Start and 5th in the Freestyle Sprints.