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World Cup Selection Criteria 2018-19

Dear Cross Country Ski Racing Community,

We’ve just posted the World Cup Selection Criteria for 2018-19, and it can be found here:

https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sport-programs/criteria/cross-country-world-cup-criteria

These criteria were created by a working group that included 8 senior club coaches, the Chair of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Committee, a non-active U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Representative, and 4 of the U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself.

Here are some of the main ways in which this year’s selection criteria differs from past criteria:

• We’ve changed the standard by which men advance from one World Cup period to the next from top-30 to top-40 to reflect the greater depth in the men’s WC field.
• We’ve added SuperTour leaders as guaranteed starts to the Tour de Ski.
• We’ve added language to the past criteria for selecting a World Cup Finals squad in Quebec City, including:

o    Top-30 individual performance at the Seefeld World Champs (the previous standard was top-25).
o    Created a best 11 of 14 SuperTour results selection to round-out the WC Finals team, to encourage athletes to continue to race in Europe mid-season, rather than feeling the need to attend every SuperTour competition.

• We’ve created a discretionary selection review group that includes an athlete rep to evaluate and approve our discretionary World Cup nominations.

We are excited for these changes. We feel these criteria do a better job than ever before of selecting the right athletes to represent the USA in World Cup competition.

If you are an athlete or a coach that is impacted by these criteria, and you have any questions or concerns about it, please feel free to contact me directly. My contact info is below.

This same working group is also currently working on an updated selection criteria for the 2019 Seefeld World Championships, and we will have that posted this summer.

Sincerely,

Chris Grover
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

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