Thursday, January 20, 2011

Skijoring in the USA

Upcoming in U.S. skijoring competitions is the 98th annual Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Feb. 2-6.

Steamboat Springs proudly lays claim to having "produced 56 Winter Olympians from 1932-2002" and "sending athletes to all but two Winter Olympics since 1932." From the Olympics to annual town events, this town seems to thrive on snow sports, doing them in a unique way. No matter the weather, the Winter Carnival is held every year in the second week in February.

All of the Winter Carnival street competition events are horse pulled events, and all but the shovel race are for youth under 18. In-person registration is needed in advance and will open Friday Jan. 28 at the Steamboat Springs Visitor's Center and closes on Friday Feb. 4.The ski joring competition has two divisions; one for ages 6 to 9 and one for ages 10 to 14. The contestants flat race down freshly snow covered Lincoln Avenue. At this competition, the fastest time wins. Other "events that embrace [Steamboat Spring's] western heritage and highlight Steamboat's tradition of winter sports" include ring and box, ring and spear, street slalom, donkey jump and shovel race. 

 Link: Steamboat Springs, Co.

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