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January 24, 2012

Elite athletes will also have opportunity to fish through the ice

CABLE, Wis. -- Some of the world's top cross-country skiers with physical disabilities will be will be skiing for medals and ice fishing for bragging rights during the 2012 International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Cup Series being held in Cable Jan. 26 - 30.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp will attend opening day events at Telemark Lodge in Cable - home of the famed American Birkebeiner ski race.

Cable is the second of three cup series stops this winter and is being held in the U.S. for the first time in seven years. After Cable, the series moves to Minneapolis for the third and final round.

After competing in a biathlon or cross-country race, competitors from at least 15 countries can wet a line in Lake Namekagon thanks to a DNR fish license waiver allowing the participants to ice fish for an afternoon.

"We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to these inspiring people," Stepp said. "In a matter of a few hours they will be able to participate in two of Wisconsin's best and most popular winter time activities. I'm looking forward to the competition and to the fishing."

"In addition to the competition, the U.S. Olympic Committee really wants us to provide cultural opportunities in the regions where the athletes are participating. We wanted to give them a winter time experience, and one that is enjoyed by many in the north," said Cable Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director James Bolen.

"Thanks to the DNR, which has been an excellent partner, we were able to do so," he added.

Top athletes expected include world champion Katarzyna Rogowiec of Poland, who lost both forearms in a childhood farming accident. She claimed victories in the sprint, 5K and 15K at last month's World Cup stop in Sjusjoen, Norway.

U.S. national team members include:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: John Gozdzialski, DNR Northern Region director, 715-635-4002 or Kevin Harder DNR Northern Region public affairs manager, 715-635-4242

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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