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National Ability Center to Host 29th Huntsman Cup from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1


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Popular world para alpine ski competition provides opportunity for adaptive ski racers to achieve Paralympic dreams  

 

PARK CITY, UTAH (Jan. 26, 2018) – The National Ability Center, a leading non-profit organization that provides world-class adaptive recreation and outdoor adventures for individuals and families of differing abilities, will welcome adaptive ski racers to Park City, Utah for its 29th annual Huntsman Cup from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. As one of the most highly-anticipated annual athletic sporting events for the organization, the Huntsman Cup, sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee and recognized as an official World Para Alpine Ski Race (WPAS), focuses on providing opportunities to athletes who are hopefuls for Paralympic games in 2018, 2022 and future games.

 

“With the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games kicking off in less than two months, the Huntsman Cup presents one more chance for these remarkable athletes to earn points towards qualifying for the 2018 Paralympic games,” said Gail Barille, CEO of the National Ability Center. This event brings the best talent around the world to Park City and we feel so fortunate to provide the community with an inspiring glimpse of the Paralympic movement and showcase all that is possible in adaptive sports and beyond. I encourage everyone to come out or follow us online to cheer on the race and learn more about the power, resilience and joy innate to this annual competition and the athletes within it.”

 

Held at Park City Mountain, Huntsman Cup focuses on building technical skills in racing and lowering points to qualify for top-level international competitions. The three-day competition will consist of two days of Slalom and one day of Super G racing.

 

The National Ability Center’s High Performance alpine team is scheduled to compete. As a mecca for year-round outdoor recreation and home to the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Park City-based event attracts top skiers from all over the world including U.S., Kenya, Chile, Australia, Great Britain and Japan.

 

“Every year, we see athletes travel from across the globe to race at Huntsman Cup,” said Jess Roising, competition manager at the National Ability Center. “The event is just one example of how what we do at the National Ability Center, and with our High Performance team, fits into a larger Paralympic movement of promoting high-level competition for adaptive athletes. This movement and events like Huntsman Cup are so important in shifting cultural expectations around disability while expanding possibilities for people of all abilities.”

 

Those with race experience are encouraged to get involved by volunteering as course slippers or gate keepers. Additional volunteer opportunities include bib collectors, hand timers, cheering section, room host runners, among others. If interested, email info@discovernac.org.

 

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About the National Ability Center

The National Ability Center provides world-class adaptive recreation and outdoor adventures for individuals and families of differing abilities, physical, cognitive and developmental, including competitive athletes, youth, veterans and more. Rooted in Park City, UT for over 30 years, with additional facilities in Salt Lake City and Moab, the National Ability Center empowers participants by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through inclusive programming and activities such as alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, cycling, swimming, rafting, archery, among others. The National Ability Center is globally recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and is one of only 12 Gold U.S. Paralympic Sports Clubs. For more information, visit discovernac.org.

 

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