MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – On Thursday, Amelia Santaniello and Chris Shaffer hopped in the Mobile Weather Watcher and drove out to Hayward, Wis.
The two visited one of the biggest cross country ski events in the world — the American Birkebeiner. The race has its origins in a historic Norwegian event. Way back in 1206, two soldiers, known as Birkebeiners, skied an infant prince to safety during a civil war. The race re-creates that journey.
Amelia & Chris Get A Lesson On ‘Birkie’ History
Amelia & Chris Watch Young Racers
Of course, the two couldn’t go to the Birkie without checking out the trails.
Amelia & Chris See How Birkie Trails Are Made
Amelia & Chris Watch Elite Sprints
While in Hayward, Chris and Amelia learned that cross country skiers have a style all their own.
Birkie Opening Ceremony A ‘Parade Of Nations’
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