Report about Masters World Cup 2018


Date: 19-26 of January 2018
Place: Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Organizer: The Loppet Foundation
Chief of competition: Nels E. Dyste
Participants: Totaly 746 skiers
Countries: 24

Unique arena for cross country-skiing in a major metropolitan area close to downtown Minneapolis.
In the skyline you have all skyscrapers and that gave a special feeling for the whole arrangement.
The terrain in Theodore Wirth Park is good for crosscountry ski competitions. The courses were good, but some parts were too hard for the older ageclasses.

In the beginning of the winter it was no snow in the Park. After some weeks in December the weather became very cold. After all, they produced a lot of snow, but not enough to use all different courses.

Accommodation in Minneapolis
It was high quality for the accommodation in the big hotels downtown Minneapolis. Food and hospitality was excellent and to the liking of all athlets.

The competition
The interest for Masters in US was good from the beginning, but in the end not so many competitors come from foreign countries. The total number of participants was 746;  424 athletes were from US, 89 from Canada and 41 from Norway and Finland each. Due to the closing of most Embassies in Russia it was a big problem for the Russian athletes to apply and achieve visas. Thefore, only 11 skiers could participate in Minneapolis instead of more than 100 racers coming every year to the Masters World Cups.

The terrain was ondulated and the courses were good. The tracks were very well prepared evey day, both for classic and free technique.

The day when we had the long distances for all classes it happens a unique thing!  A train blocked the 15 km course when the first competitors should pass the railway. The Jury and the Chief of Competition had to make a very quick decision. They decided to shorten the loop and the competitors had to go 3 or 4 loops in the 10 km course instead. Because of this situation the result list for one age-group had to be divided into three different groups and no Masterpoints were given.  After all it was a good decision and all competitors were satisfied.

The Medal Table for MWC 2018
All races included we had a total of 434 medals. The best nation was USA with totally 177 medals. Norway was in second place with 55 and in third place Finland with 47.


Final comments
The general opinion for Masters World Cup in Minneapolis was a magnificent experience for all participants and others, while there is also some improvement potential for the future. The living downtown Minneapolis was unusually for cross-country skiers and a positive experience.

A very sad incident happened on the last competition day. The Russian skier Andrey Shamshurin had a heart attack in the finish area and died thereafter in a hospital. The thoughts and prayers of all Masters and the WMA Executive Board are with him, his family and the Russian Amateur Ski Union.

Rolf Hammar


Condolences to the tragical death of Andrey Shamshurin

On behalf of the World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association and our global family of National Directors, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Andrey Shamshurin as well as to the Russian Amateur Ski Union.

We hope that the memory of Andrey living his life at it’s fullest out on the ski trails will provide comfort and support in the days ahead.

Warmest regards,

John (J.D.) Downing

WMA President & USA National Director

Medaillenspiegel / Medals Table mWC 2018


Nation            Gold     Silver    Bronze          Total

USA                64             57          56               177

NOR                23            18          14                 55

FIN                   23            17           7                 47

RUS                  10             2           3                 15

CAN                   8            15          21                44

SWE                   8             6                              14

SUI                     6            10            6                22

ITA                      6             9             8                23

EST                    4             3             1                  8

AUT                    2             1             2                  5

GER                    1             2             6                  9

FRA                                    3             6                 9

CZE                                    2                                2

SVK                                    1              2                3

GBR                                                   1                 1

Total                 155          146          133            434


All races completed and included

Don´t miss registration deadline for MWC 2018

Masters World Cup 2018 will take place between January 19 and 26 in Minneapolis/MN, USA at Theodore Wirth Park. The Park with a size of 759 acres is very close to town and offers plenty of tracks for all demands. All tracks for Masters World Cups are already prepared and ready to ski.

All masters skiers (30 years and above) still have the possibility to register for the MWC, which last time took place in the year 2008 in McCall/ID, either online via or via their National Director.

Registration deadline is on January 6, 2018. 

Registrations for MWC 2018

Online registration for MWC 2018 in Minneapolis is now open under

If participants register via their National Directors, payment can be arranged either via credit card or bank transfer. In case of credit card payments please visit homepage of OC

Download of paper registration form can be made also via this link.

Annual Meeting in Minneapolis - MWC 2019 in Beitostoelen/NOR

National Directors and Presidency of WMA met for their Annual Meeting end of September in Minneapolis/MN.

Main focus of the delegates was the inspection of the site of Masters World Cup 2018 from January 19-26. The event will be held in the Theodore Wirth Park, close to downton Minneapolis. Due to the existing terrain and some planned alterations, the athletes can expect very attractive tracks. Of advantage for the skiers is also that all can be accommodated in only a few hotels in downtown Minneapolis. The organizing committee was able to negotiate very reasonable prices for the Masters.

Jouko Kärki, the successor of Leena Jääskeläinen, was introduced and fully ratified by vote. Leena Jääskeläinen started to work within WMA in 1991 and was since then always in charge as National Directors. She was able to accompany 4 Masters World Cups in Finnland.

The organizers of the next Masters World Cup in Klosters/Switzerland were connected via video conference. They informed that all technical and administrative work is within their time frame, also the newbuilding of a sporthall. Homepage is ready for registration.

Unanimous vote was given to the bidders for MWC 2019. Beitostoelen, always being organizer of the first World Cup of the season, became choosen to host 4th time (after Oslo, Geilo and Lillehammer) a MWC in Norway.

In Memory of Ola Kvaale

With deep regret The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association has to announce the passing away of one of the most successful skiers in their history. Ola Kvaale participated at many Masters World Cup and could win more than 30 medals. The likeable sportsman from Norway skied the classical technique to perfection. His competitors from various country will certainly miss this great athlete. Our thoughts are with his wife Eva and the family.In memory of Ola Kvaale the Norwegian Ski Veteraner composed the following epitaph:

Ola Almar Kvaale died 5th August 2017, 76 years old.  His family and the rest of us have lost a person with unique characteristics and spirit.  The cancer decease was mortal.He was born in Orkdal in Trøndelag county, Norway, where he had his heart his whole life, despite of the fact that education, jobs and activities lead him to other parts of the country.  Most of his working life he and his family spent in Selsbakk, and he represented Selsbakk sports club.  As a young man, he managed to get theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of what was going to be his profession.  First as sports-officer at Ørland (Trøndelag), later as leader of education in South-Trøndelag sports community.  From 1981 until he retired he was advicer in Norway’s handball society.  His skills combined with winning being, contributed to great wealth creation, to footprint and gratitude in the whole county.  Also, nationally his contribution was used and highly appreciated.He was a good singer and musician.  The harmonica was a faithful companion, especially when he was young.  It followed him the whole life.  Socially it was a pleasure to experience Ola in good mood spreading pleasure with his music.In his farm in Hoston (also Trøndelag county) he created a place of gathering for the whole family.  Friends met there and experienced hospitality and warmth as wished by Ola.  His beloved Eva and the rest of the family contributed to the same. Those of us who took part in Ola’s 75 years birthday, which was celebrated with family and friends, have a memory for life.In masters (veteran) sports, and especially XC skiing, he leaves a name admired both nationally and internationally. The Birkebeiner ski race throughout the last 30 years and Masters World Cup must be stressed here.  He was a unique competitor when the bib was on his chest.  Quality in preparation and implementation was always on top, as well as the motivation.In his whole life, he was a modest person who gave very much of himself, parted his knowledges and created an environment (ambiance) where we all had a good time.  Ola gave so much to his surroundings without accentuating himself.Now our thoughts first go to his wife and children and other family.  We just must accept that Ola now has passed away.  

Thank you for the inspiration and joy you have given us!

May you rest in peace!

Minneapolis 2018



Minneapolis/MN, USA 2018



January 19-26

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