This will be the first time in around twenty years that the United States will be hosting the FIS Cross-Country World Cup ©Getty Images

Wirth Park in Minneapolis will be hosting the 2024 International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) Cross-Country World Cup.

Scheduled to be held from February 17 to 19, the tournament will also be named the Loppet World Cup, as it will be run by the Loppet and Share Winter foundations.

The event will be free to the public as it will occur during the President's Day weekend.

Claire Wilson, executive director of Loppet, shared her excitement for the event that was postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Loppet is thrilled to bring the world to Wirth Park and to showcase on an international stage the work this organization (sic) is doing to expand access to the sport of cross country skiing and the outdoors," said Wilson.

"While it is unusual for an event of this size and scope to be hosted by a small non-profit, we believe it is important to shine a light on our unique venue in the heart of a city where the wellbeing of all is promoted through outdoor adventure."

Constance Beverley, chief executive of the Share Winter Foundation, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership with the Loppet Foundation.

Jessie Diggins is the first American to win a gold medal in the Olympic cross country skiing ©Getty Images
Jessie Diggins is the first American to win a gold medal in the Olympic cross country skiing ©Getty Images

"Share Winter is excited to partner with the Loppet Foundation to bring this spectacular event to the community and we hope it will inspire the next generation of skiers," said Beverley.

The United States Ski and Snowboard Association will be looking to have a successful tournament as it is the first time in around two decades that the competition will be hosted in the country.

"We are thrilled to work with the Loppet Foundation and Share Winter Foundation to bring back a cross country World Cup to the states," said Sophie Goldschmidt, President of the US Ski and Snowboard.

"We know that this event will be a huge success and allow our athletes to showcase their incredible talent in front of a community that has always supported this sport."

Minnesota native Jessie Diggins is expected to compete in the event as the three-time Olympic gold medallist was a huge part of the state securing the right to host the competition.

"I’m excited to give ski fans from around the U.S. a chance to see the action up close for the first time in over 20 years," said Diggins. 

"I am so proud to represent Minnesota as one of the first American athletes to win Olympic gold in cross country, and now to bring the sport I love to the state I call home."

Competitors are set to participate in a pre-World Cup event in Alberta, Canada from February 9 to February 13, where they will compete in two sprint and two distance races.