As the U.S. cross-country ski team gears up for the world championships, it's not too consumed with competition to invest a little time into some good old-fashioned Internet fun. The team is swinging for the viral fences with a lip-sync and dance video set to the hit song, Uptown Funk, by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson.
The video is very well done from a technical standpoint, and that's no accident: The crew reportedly took three weeks to put together the four-minute video. During that time, America's best skiers were lip-syncing the lyrics, learning dance moves and polishing tough tricks like the moonwalk -- while wearing ski boots.
Taking on such a large project so close to championship competitions -- the nordic skiing world championships began Thursday -- might seem risky, but the team actually found it a welcome distraction as the stress of competition started to creep up on the team.
"It's great team bonding, especially when people are getting nervous about worlds," said Jessie Diggins, a former skiing champion who directed the video, to The Associated Press. "We'd have dance practice in the hallways and meeting rooms for weeks.