Team USA Rolls Out New Wax Truck

A Game-changer for Ath­letes and Tech­ni­cians

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Although a lit­tle late to the party, the Team USA crosscoun­try-ski team said good­bye to the wax­ing cab­ins of old and proudly rolled its own new cus­tom wax­ing ve­hi­cle into Ruka, Fin­land at the first stop of the FIS Cross-coun­try World Cup sea­son.

The team took de­liv­ery of its new truck last Septem­ber af­ter a fundrais­ing ef­fort spear­headed by Liz Arky, a mem­ber of the USSA Board of Direc­tors and chair of the US Nordic Ad­vi­sory Group, and Kikkan Ran­dall, a veteran star of the Team USA, gar­nered more than $600,000 to bring the project to fruition.

“Our Amer­i­can cross-coun­try fans and my fel­low Trustees are ex­tremely proud of our ath­letes, and wanted to do some­thing sig­nif­i­cant to help them achieve their dreams,” said Arky.

The wax­ing tech­ni­cians had for­merly op­er­ated out of small cab­ins and man­aged mir­a­cles in the cramped quar­ters.

“We’ve been talk­ing about this for per­haps five years, but needed to get some other fun­da­men­tals in place first,” said Chris Grover, U.S. cross-coun­try- team head coach. “Team USA is only team ranked in the top nine last year without a wax truck.”

The new truck was in­tro­duced in Fin­land and Nor­way for the open­ing World Cup events that saw U.S. skiers Sadie Bjornsen, Jessie Dig­gins and So­phie Cald­well post top re­sults, thanks in part to the new mo­bile wax­ing fa­cil­ity.

“The wax truck will make a huge dif­fer­ence for our team this year,” said world cham­pion Dig­gins. “Hav­ing all our wax tech­ni­cians in the same room means that com­mu­ni­ca­tion will be in­stant and easy when waxes are chang­ing on race day.”

Team USA worked with Sca­nia and SKAB on its truck, the same com­pa­nies used by Canada to build theirs.

The wax truck pro­vides more than 48 square me­tres of work­ing space in its eight main wax­ing sta­tions. The main wax­ing room has ski stor­age for 600 pair of skis, sav­ing team staff hun­dreds of hours they had spent mov­ing gear from rental trucks to wax rooms ev­ery week­end. A pull-out porch is avail­able for kick wax­ing in colder tem­per­a­tures, with a roof to pro­tect against falling snow.

“This is a game-changer for us in pro­vid­ing the best sup­port for our ath­letes and a bet­ter work­ing at­mos­phere for our tech­ni­cians,” said Grover. “It also il­lus­trates the pas­sion of our fans back in Amer­ica who raised over $600,000 to make this pos­si­ble.”

New cus­tom wax­ing ve­hi­cle de­buted at first stop of FIS World Cup's in Ruka, Fin­land, where U.S. skiers posted top re­sults.

Eight main wax­ing sta­tions and stor­age for 600 pair of skis

$600,000 Project

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