Team USA Rolls Out New Wax Truck
A Game-changer for Athletes and Technicians
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