Cable Area Chamber takes Paralympic talks to Superior for planning

By KBJR News 1

Cable Area Chamber takes Paralympic talks to Superior for planning

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - In a year's time roughly 200 athletes from more than 20 countries will descend on Cable, Wisconsin for the winter Paralympic Nordic Ski World Championship races.

Coordinating and planning the massive undertaking was the focus of a Superior Rotary Club luncheon Wednesday.

Cable Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director James Bolen says the two–week event will require building an Olympic venue for cross country skiing and biathlon racers, among other things.

Many of the athletes and out of state visitors will also become tourists during their stay.

Bolen hopes Northland cities between Duluth – Superior and Cable can serve as destinations for visitors.

"The [Paralympics] World Championships have been in the United States one other time, and they're typically held at a venue only one time ever," said Bolen, "so this is most likely the only opportunity for the [Paralympics] World Championships to come to Northern Wisconsin."

At least 350 volunteers will be needed each day of the event for it to be a success and even more during set up to prepare the Olympic site.

The Championship is scheduled to take place from January 21st, to February 2nd, 2015.

Billy Wagness