Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Elite Nordic skiers meet with local girls Sunday

At Lake Creek’s Fast and Female event

Fast and Female is hosting its third Cross-Country SkiFest of the year on American snow Sunday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Ketchum.

It is a not-for-profit society started six years ago by Chandra Crawford, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in cross-country skiing. The organization's mission is to ensure that girls remain supported, motivated, inspired, empowered to stick to sports and the healthy lifestyle.

Crawford, 27, from Canmore, Alberta, Canada, won the 2006 Olympic gold medal in the women's cross-country 1.1 kilometer sprint at Turin, Italy. She impressed everybody further by singing in a stirring rendition the Canadian national anthem "O Canada" from the medals podium.

Following two successful events held earlier this year in Maine and Alaska, Fast and Female will host close to 100 female skiers ages 7-19 at Lake Creek trail system north of Ketchum for a half day of skiing and inspiration with U.S. Olympic Nordic skiing stars Kikkan Randall, Morgan Arritola and Liz Stephen.

Kelley Sinnott, head Prep Team coach of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Junior Nordic ski team, said, "This is a really exciting event that will expose our young female skiers to some of the best female XC role models in the country.

"Participants will do ski drills, have lunch, hear inspirational speeches and get autographs from skiers like Kikkan Randall, Morgan Arritola, Liz Stephen and gold medalist Chandra Crawford."

"We are thrilled to host a Fast and Female Skifest in Sun Valley," said Ashley McQueen from the SVSEF, local host along with the Works of Grace Foundation. "This is a great opportunity to expose our young female skiers to the talent, motivation, and experience that Kikkan, Liz, Morgan, and the other ambassadors bring to cross country skiing."  

Registration fee is $15 and includes a Fast and Female t-shirt and lunch. Adult volunteers are welcome as well. Visit Deadline to register is April 1.

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