Masters and Rondeau Promote Girls Fest, and More
by Alex Abrams
Joy Rondeau competes in Para Nordic Skiing at the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games.
Every other Tuesday we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para Nordic skiing. Here’s what you missed!
Oksana Masters and Joy Rondeau Promote 2021 Girls Fest
Two-time Winter Paralympic gold medalist Oksana Masters and 2018 Paralympian Joy Rondeau used their social media accounts to help promote the 2021 Girls Fest on Wednesday, which is the National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
The event will be broadcast on YouTube at 4 p.m. EST.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day recognizes the influence of women and girls in sports and brings attention to both the progress in and struggle for equality for women in sports. It is sponsored by the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Calling all girls! Join @WomensSportsFdn for 2021 Girls Fest on National Girls & Women in Sports Day! Hosted by @LaChinaRobinson, @phaidraknight and @teampersley at 4pm ET on Feb. 3 on WSF's YouTube channel! Join us as we #LeadHerForward #NGWSD
Tune in👉🏻https://t.co/mJ3rwcNIHs💙 pic.twitter.com/1JJzU7ZAwZ
— Oksana Masters (@OksanaMasters) January 30, 2021
Grace Miller Continues Seeing the World
Grace Miller is known for traveling around the country and sharing photographs from her trips on Instagram.
Miller, a 2018 Paralympian who’s on the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing development team, recently visited the Grand Canyon.
A few days later, Miller posted photos of herself rock climbing at Joshua Tree National Park in California.
Miller capped her recent travels with a trip to Utah to hike through Buckskin Gulch, which is the longest and deepest slot canyon in the Southwest.
Dani Aravich Gets Noticed As Two-Sport Athlete
Dani Aravich is relatively new to Para Nordic skiing, but she’s already gaining attention for her lofty goals over the next year as a two-sport athlete.
Aravich hopes to qualify in the 400-meter dash at this summer’s Tokyo Paralympics. She wants to then quickly shift gears and compete as a Para Nordic skier in the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.
Aravich has been profiled by both USParaNordicSkiing.org and Paralympic.org over the past month.
Aravich is currently training with members of the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing team in Bozeman, Montana.
Visually Impaired Skiers Needed For Study
Andrea Bundon, an assistant professor in kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, is conducting a research study involving visually impaired athletes in Para Nordic skiing.
Bundon is looking for elite visually impaired athletes in a variety of sports to take part in a study on their partnership with their sighted guides.
We are researching unique partnership between VI athletes & sighted guides! Looking for elite pairs in para nordic, para alpine, para cycling, para athletics & para triathlon. Plz share! @JohnPLenton @UCI_paracycling @ParalympicsIRE @ParaSnowSports @USParaNordic @ParaAthletics pic.twitter.com/TY3Rz4wD4g
— Andrea Bundon (@ultreia1x) January 28, 2021
Nordic in the News
Nordic skiing has seen a spike in popularity with people looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Alex Abrams has written about Olympic sports for more than 15 years, including as a reporter for major newspapers in Florida, Arkansas and Oklahoma. He is a freelance contributor to USParaNordicSkiing.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.