Cable Gets Paralympic World Cup for Second Year

By KBJR News 1

October 3, 2012 Updated Oct 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM CDT

Athletes and winter sport enthusiasts are reeling over exciting news out of Cable, Wisconsin Tuesday.

A last minute cancellation by the original host country for this years event has the Telemark preparing to host hundreds of international athletes--including plenty of Olympians--this January.

The latest news has Cable living in Déjà vu.

"It was October last year when they decided to host the event here, and we kind of felt, that's not enough time to get ready for an event," says James Bolen of the Cable Chamber of Commerce.

Same time, one year later, and they have received word that they will host the International Paralympic Nordic Skiing World Cup for the second year in a row.

"Things just kind of transpired in the last few weeks, and they had an opening and they asked if we would be willing to host it again and we said, 'sure!'"

It's welcome news to not only the Telemark Lodge, but the community of Cable.

At the Brickhouse Café, it's a little off-season boost that they got a taste of last year, and they're ready for again this year.

"People may have not come here until they were coming for this Olympic event, and now they're going to come here and say, 'hey we need to come back here and make a trip of it sometime,'" says owner of the Brikhouse Cafe Heather Ludzack.

And the athletes love to come to town, too. In fact, they requested Wisconsin when the European country backed down.

"Because of this situation, and a cancellation, they contacted the national teams and they overwhelmingly said let's go back to Wisconsin," says Bolen.

It's an International Paralympic Committee rule that no city host the event twice in a row. But with overwhelming support from athletes, Cable was given an exception.

This is also the first time the Telemark will be an Olympic qualifier. Athletes competing at the World Cup will be able to qualify for the Russia 2014 games.

And although it's not until January, Cable is already stirring with excitement.

"It's huge, it's just wonderful! It's going to bring people, it's going to bring people, business, recognition for our area, it's a really wonderful, wonderful thing," says Heather.

Because it's not everyday that a town of 820 doubles -maybe even triples-in size.

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