Minneapolis will host cross-country skiing World Cup event in 2020

The announcement was made by the Loppet Foundation on Friday.
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Some of the best cross-country skiers will be in Minneapolis in 2020 as the city plays host to a World Cup event.

The Loppet Foundation and the International Ski Federation announced on Friday that a World Cup cross-country ski event will be held at Theodore Wirth Park in March 2020.

Among those making the announcement was Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins, the Afton native who took home cross-country skiing gold at this year's Winter Olympics.

"Hosting the World Cup is our chance to show skiers from around the world how Minnesota embraces winter — through sport and through our hospitality," Diggins said.

Diggins herself intends to race in her home state, saying: "We're a small sport that is very community-based and it's going to be so cool to finally bring the action home in front of all the young skiers, and give them a chance to watch their heroes up close and personal."

The world's best cross-country skiers compete in a global tournament held between November and March.

The Minneapolis event will mark the first time the World Cup has visited the United States since 2001.

The race will take place at the new "Trailhead" facility in Theo Wirth Park, which opened this past summer and is a year-round center for races and community events.

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