Cross Country Skiing

Special Olympics Cross-Country Skiing offers a variety of events to suit all skill levels, from short distances for beginners to long distances for more experienced athletes. The main categories are:

  • 50 meters: Ideal for beginners learning the basics of cross-country skiing.
  • 100 meters: A distance appropriate for beginners.
  • 500 meters: An intermediate distance for athletes with some experience.
  • 1 km, 2.5 km, and 5 km: Longer races for more advanced athletes.
  • 10 km: Long distances for experienced athletes.

Athletes compete in Cross-Country Skiing using two techniques:

  • Classical Technique: Skiers follow marked tracks and use a technique similar to walking on skis.
  • Freestyle (Skating) Technique: Skiers use a technique similar to ice skating, requiring more space and allowing for higher speeds.
Additional information about Special Olympics competitions


One of the fundamental aspects of Special Olympics is “divisioning,” a process that groups athletes based on gender, age, and ability. This system ensures balanced and fair competitions, allowing each athlete to compete against opponents with similar abilities.

Training and Preparation

Special Olympics athletes participate in structured training programs, supervised by qualified coaches. These programs focus on developing technical skills, physical endurance, and understanding the rules of the sport. The training is tailored to meet the individual needs of the athletes to maximize their potential.

Support and Integration

Special Olympics events are supported by a network of volunteers, coaches, family members, and friends. This support creates a positive and inclusive environment where participants can grow athletes and as individuals.

Values and Goals

Special Olympics is not limited to competition. It promotes fundamental values such as:

  • Inclusion: Every athlete, regardless of ability level, has the opportunity to participate and compete.
  • Respect: Athletes are encouraged to respect themselves, their teammates, opponents, and the rules of the sport.
  • Determination: Athletes learn to overcome challenges and continually improve.
  • Joy: The sports experience is also a celebration of fun and personal satisfaction.