Skiers from all over the country will be flocking to Soldier Hollow this week for the U.S. Cross Country Championships.

More than 500 skiers will compete for championships in events ranging from classic sprint races to sitski adaptive races to biathlon sprint adaptive races.

Several local skiers will compete for the chance to move on to elite junior competitions, including Park City Nordic Ski Club's Leah Lange, Kyle Deling and Brenna Egan, and Team Soldier Hollow's Aren Burkemo, Marc Jackson, Fischer Heimburger, Bronwyn Tayler and Jeremy Willey.

Along with the older racers, the junior racers will be competing for spots on the world junior championship team. They can also earn their way onto the Under-18 Scandinavian Cup team.

Lange, 14, said she's been training for this event for a long time and hopes her hard work pays off.

"I've traveled across the country this summer to camps in order to train for this event," she said. "I'm excited for the experience and to see what I can learn from it."

"We went to Sun Valley for a couple races recently just to get ready for racing again," Kyle Deling added.

Lange and Deling hope to finish in the top 12 or higher in every race to qualify for the Scandinavian Cup and in the top 20 overall in order to pre-qualify for the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Czechoslovakia.

"I'm pretty confident," Lange said. "I'm racing against people four years older than me, so that's scary. But based on some previous races, I think I can compete.



The races begin today at 10 a.m., starting with the classic sprint events.


Jan. 2, 10 a.m. Classic Sprint

Jan. 4, 10 a.m. Free Individual Start

Jan. 5, 8:30 a.m. Sitski Adaptive

Jan. 6, 10 a.m. Classic Mass Start

Jan. 7, 8:30 a.m. Sitski Sprint

Jan. 8, 10 a.m. Free Sprint

Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m. Biathlon Sprint Adaptive