usually point to the the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway and
Denmark as the natural birthplace of cross-country skiing.
was as simple as flat timbers, used by migratory Norse tribes,
and later adopted by Vikings in early biathlons
using skis for transport and bow-and-arrow to hunt for food.
Like the modern
Olympic biathlon, XC skiing is primarily an endurance sport that
demands great physical strength - primarily leg and lung power
- over long distances and up sometimes steep and challenging climbs
to make it to the finish.
Olympics competition with the greatest number of events, cross-fountry
skiing includes sprint, freestyle, classic, team sprint and more
for both men and women.
cross-country skiing is the technique wherein skis are kept parallel
on the tracks marked on the course with no deviation from them.
Freestyle allows the skier to choose a "skating"
technique, pushing the skis left and right from both legs.