Rollerski race kicks off 2020 Cross-Country World Cup | KSTP.com

Rollerski race kicks off 2020 Cross-Country World Cup

Updated: November 02, 2019 11:29 PM

If you were in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, you might have noticed some Olympians in action.

Athletes wearing skis with rollerblade-like wheels on the ends raced around a city block by Commons Park for the inaugural Fastenal Parallel 45 Rollerski Loppet event.

"It's super intimidating having the best athletes in the world racing on this course," said John Bussey, chief of events and corporate relations with the Loppet Foundation.

The race served as a kickoff to the Cross-Country World Cup coming to Minneapolis next Spring.

Minnesota native and Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins led a crowd of other professional cross-country skiers. The event mimics roller ski events in Norway.

"She used some of her star power to get us a World Cup race here in Minneapolis. ... It's going to be the best skiers in the world here on American snow for the first time in 20 years," Bussey said.

The World Cup race will be held in the United States for the first time in 18 years March 17. The race will cap off the Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival.

Connect with KSTP


Join the conversation on our social media platforms. Share your comments on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Credits

Ashley Zilka

Copyright 2019 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

Minneapolis police officer charged in July crash that killed Leneal Frazier

Gun store video shows suspected 'straw purchases' by man now linked to deadly mass shooting

Sheriff: Baldwin fired prop gun that killed cinematographer

Minnesota student, 2 school staff members die of COVID-19

FBI: Remains found in Florida park ID'd as Brian Laundrie

Money-saving tips as nationwide gas prices reach 7-year high