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Wold skiing championships will be held in Cable in 2015

Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio

The Nordic World Championships will be held next year in Cable in Bayfield County. The town of 800 people beat out competition from Canada, Italy and Norway.

These cross-country world championship races will begin Jan. 21 next year and will end 12 days later. Cable Chamber of Commerce director James Bolen says this means filling hotel rooms from Ashland to Glidden to Hayward, and some big-league publicity.

“Competition at this level will be seen in about 170 countries with 350 press from around the world covering the event with about 12 days of competition,” he says. “It’s history in the making, so it’s exciting.”

Bolen says they’ve been working for two years to bring the International Paralympic Committee Nordic World Championships to Cable. They’ll use trails on the now-closed Telemark Lodge property.

Central Cross Country Ski Association Director Yuri Gusev says those trails are a big reason Cable landed the event. “There’s a nice climb on Telemark mountain and there’s nice wooded trails,” says Gusev.

Gusev says the caliber of skiers will be the same as in the Sochi Olympics next month: “It’s pretty much the same level of competition.”

This world championship competition won’t conflict with the American Birkibeiner cross country races, which are held in late February between Telemark and Hayward.