National Ability Center to Host 27th Annual Huntsman Cup

January 12 2016

PARK CITY, UT (January 2016) – The National Ability Center will welcome adaptive ski racers to Park City for the 27th annual Huntsman Cup. Held January 21 and 22, 2016, in the Eagle Race Arena, the Huntsman Cup is an Alpine ski race sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee. This year the Huntsman Cup is designated as an IPCAS level race, and is focused toward youth and developing athletes who are hopefuls for future  Paralympic games in 2018 and 2022.

“For nearly three decades, the Huntsman Cup has been one of the National Ability Center's greatest athletic sporting events,” said Gail Loveland, National Ability Center's executive director. “Each year, these remarkable athletes come from all over the US and Internationally to provide our community an inspiring glimpse of the Paralympic movement, and to demonstrate what is possible in adaptive sport.” 

Before competing in either Giant Slalom or Slalom racing at the Huntsman Cup, participants in the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing (IPCAS) races can take part in a two-day Huntsman Camp held January 19 and 20. The camp is intended to assist athletes to build technical skills in racing and to lower their points to qualify for upper level competitions. 

“These athletes aren’t slowed down by disabilities,” said Loveland. “Whether they are skiing on one leg, in a sit ski or use a guide to navigate the course, they rip down the hill with style and speed unmatched by many. It is truly an impressive event to watch and it’s an honor for the NAC to be a part of it.” 

For more information about the Huntsman Cup schedule of events, contact Christa Graff with Graff Public Relations, LLC, at 435.640.7921 or christa@graffpr.com. Additional information about the event is available at www.discovernac.org.

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About the National Ability Center

The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Located in Park City, Utah, it is one of the largest community programs in the country that provides sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The National Ability Center is recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and a US Paralympic Sports Club. World-class facilities and program excellence have also elevated the National Ability Center to be a premier provider for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and partner with many government and community organizations like Wounded Warrior Project The National Ability Center provides more than 28,000 experiences each year. For more information, visit www.discovernac.org

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