Updated: November 02, 2019 11:29 PM
Created: November 02, 2019 10:51 AM
If you were in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, you might have noticed some Olympians in action.
Athletes wearing skis with rollerblade-like wheels on the ends raced around a city block by Commons Park for the inaugural Fastenal Parallel 45 Rollerski Loppet event.
"It's super intimidating having the best athletes in the world racing on this course," said John Bussey, chief of events and corporate relations with the Loppet Foundation.
The race served as a kickoff to the Cross-Country World Cup coming to Minneapolis next Spring.
Minnesota native and Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins led a crowd of other professional cross-country skiers. The event mimics roller ski events in Norway.
"She used some of her star power to get us a World Cup race here in Minneapolis. ... It's going to be the best skiers in the world here on American snow for the first time in 20 years," Bussey said.
The World Cup race will be held in the United States for the first time in 18 years March 17. The race will cap off the Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival.
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