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Tour De Ski Start Rights (updated)

Updated status of Tour de ski Roster

Athlete, 
Erik Bjornsen, discretion accepted

Paddy Caldwell, discretion accepted

Simi Hamilton,  discretion, accepted

Andy Newell, Shaftsbury. discretion, accepted

Scott Patterson, discretion declined

Noah Hoffman, rejected

WOMEN
Sadie Bjornsen, objective, accepted

Rosie Brennan, objective, accepted

Sophie Caldwell, objective, accepted

Jessie Diggins, objective, accepted

Kikkan Randall, objective, accepted

Ida Sargent, objective, accepted

Liz Stephen, discretion, accepted

Chelsea Holmes, Rejected

Tour de Ski Start Rights

Tour De Ski start rights are given to US skiers that are ranked in the World Cup top 30 in either sprint or distance at the end of period one, or via coaches discretion.  These discretionary start rights have become a controversial topic because the Olympic Team is named at the close of the Tour.  US athletes that are ranked in the World Cup top 50 in either Distance or Sprint after the final day of the tour earn an Olympic start over skiers qualifying via SuperTour and US Nationals.  The controversy stems from reduced athlete fields due to high drop-out rates in the Tour that left only 32 women competing in the final stage last year.  Thirty skiers score points in each World Cup event and last year the US Ski Team qualified three of their athletes for the World Championships on the final day of the tour.  The other point of contention is that the objective marker for earning a Tour de Ski start is a top 30 after period one in distance or on the overall ranking list.  This is a much tougher standard than the top 50 needed to make the Olympics at the end of period two.  Less than half of the US skiers (and no men) that started world cups in period one earned Tour starts objectively.  The remainder of the athletes will only start via discretion which gives the coaching staff a lot of control over who qualifies for the Olympic Team.

These athletes qualified objectively

Women: Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen, Jessie Diggins, Rosie Brennan, Sophie Caldwell, Ida Sargent

 

These athletes did not qualify objectively

Women: Liz Stephens, Chelsea Holmes, (Julia Kern, limited starts, did not compile data)

Men: Noah Hoffman, Erik Bjornsen, Andrew Newell, Patrick Caldwell, Scott Patterson, Simi Hamilton

 

In mid-November head coach Chris Grover wrote the email below, explaining how discretionary starts would be given to athletes for the Tour de Ski.  Since this email was not private correspondence and nearly every athlete in contention for making the Olympic Team received it, I think it is appropriate to share.  Whether or not you agree with the broad and indistinct language used to “clarify” the discretionary process, I think it is important for the ski community to be aware of how decisions that have direct repercussions on Olympic Team naming are made.  Following Grover’s email, I listed this season’s stats for each athlete that did not make the top 30 rankings.

“Dear Athletes,

We’ve recently received some feedback from members of the community that are concerned about how the USST staff might apply World Cup selection criteria specifically to this year’s Tour de Ski.  There are those who feel that a Tour de Ski start provides a potentially easier path for Olympic Team qualification than racing at U.S. Nationals.  Because this is an Olympic year, people are understandably concerned that every athlete has ample opportunity to qualify for the Games, no matter if they are racing internationally or domestically.  As USST staff, we too want to see the fairest application of the selection criteria while simultaneously selecting the best possible USA squad to PyeongChang.

To help clarify the upcoming Tour de Ski Team selection, we’ve strengthened the discretionary selection guidelines in the attached Selection Criteria.

We are not modifying our USA Team for Period 1 of World Cup.  Some of those athletes are already in Europe and preparing to race.

The only change comes in the language used to describe how discretionary picks are made, where we’ve added further detail:

  • Athletes who have not met the General Criteria may be selected to the team via discretion if they satisfy any of the following:

o    Outstanding competition results from the 2016/2017 or 2017/2018 seasons, including as a member of a team event, indicating a potential for Olympic success.

o    Recent positive direction or trend of competition results indicating a potential for Olympic or World Championship success.

o    Indication of medal potential in future Olympic or World Championship competition (such as international age group results and age rankings) that would be materially enhanced by selection to the team.

The General Criteria is a ranking of top-30 in the Distance or Sprint World Cup.

Our hope is to be more transparent and to provide the USA skiing community with a better understanding of how and why selection decisions are made.  The updated criteria have now been posted here: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sport-programs/criteria/us-cross-country-team-criteria  In addition, throughout this winter we’ll be naming World Cup starters publicly for each period of racing (including those who have made the General Criteria, COC leaders, and those athletes who we have been invited to start via discretion) and describing the rationale behind those discretionary picks.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and please help me by circulating this to your colleagues that may be attempting to secure World Cup or OWG team nominations.  I don’t have e-mails for everyone.

Best of luck to everyone this winter!  Thanks, Chris”

 

Period One Race Data

 

Liz Stephens

Age 30

WC Distance Rank = N/A

Average FIS point (six races) = 74.57

Best Finish = 36

Total World Cup points = 0

Points from Objective criteria = 21

17-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 10 km C Pursuit 48 (51) 123.68
16-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 10 km F 47 70.94
10-12-2017 Davos SUI World Cup 10 km F 40 62.02
03-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR World Cup Skiathlon 7.5/7.5km C/F 36 113.17
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 10 km F Pursuit 56 (47) 92.23
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Overall Standings 56

 

Chelsea Holmes

Age 30

WC Distance Rank = 55

Average FIS point distance(six races) = 83.83

Best Finish = 29

Total World Cup points = 2

Points from objective criteria = 19

17-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 10 km C Pursuit 39 (40) 92.44
16-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 10 km F 36 57.64
10-12-2017 Davos SUI World Cup 10 km F 29 48.62
03-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR World Cup Skiathlon 7.5/7.5km C/F 38 120.82
02-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR Sprint Qualification WC SP C Qual 64 147.24
02-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR World Cup SP C Final 64
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Overall Standings 60
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 10 km F Pursuit 60 (48) 93.24
25-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 10 km C 64 90.21

 

Simi Hamilton

Age 30

WC sprint rank = 23

Overall rank = 46

Average FIS point sprint (two races) = 60.23

Best finish 9

total world cup points 29

points from top 30 overall and objective = 15

10-12-2017 Davos

SUI 

World Cup 15 km F DNS
09-12-2017 Davos

SUI 

Sprint Qualification WC SP F Qual 12 33.04
09-12-2017 Davos

SUI 

World Cup SP F Final 9
25-11-2017 Ruka

FIN 

Stage World Cup 15 km C 96 88.53
24-11-2017 Ruka

FIN 

Sprint Qualification WC SP C Qual 60 87.41
24-11-2017 Ruka

FIN 

Stage World Cup SP C Final 60

Noah Hoffman

Age 28

WC Distance rank = 60

Average FIS point distance = (six races) 54.87

Best Finish = 28

Total World Cup Points = 3

Points from Objective Criteria = 34

17-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 15 km C Pursuit 49 (55) 86.01
16-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 15 km F 40 37.58
10-12-2017 Davos SUI World Cup 15 km F 48 49.31
03-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR World Cup Skiathlon 15/15km C/F 28 66.18
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Overall Standings 39
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 15 km F Pursuit 39 (35) 43.27
25-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 15 km C 43 46.92

 

Patrick Caldwell

Age 23

WC Distance rank =46

Average FIS point distance (six races)= 66.44

Best Finish = 19 stage, 41 WC

Total World Cup points = 12

Point from Objective criteria = 25

17-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 15 km C Pursuit 44 (39) 68.01
16-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 15 km F 53 48.92
10-12-2017 Davos SUI World Cup 15 km F 41 43.30
09-12-2017 Davos SUI Sprint Qualification WC SP F Qual 108 201.59
09-12-2017 Davos SUI World Cup SP F Final 108
03-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR World Cup Skiathlon 15/15km C/F 56 140.70
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Overall Standings 51
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 15 km F Pursuit 51 (19) 28.98
25-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 15 km C 72 68.75

 

Scott Patterson

Age 25

WC Distance Rank N/A

Average FIS point (six races) = 66.28

Best Finish = 31st (stage), 36 WC

Total World Cup points = 0

Points from Objective Qualification = 37

17-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 15 km C Pursuit 39 (40) 68.07
16-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 15 km F 42 39.76
10-12-2017 Davos SUI World Cup 15 km F 88 88.87
03-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR World Cup Skiathlon 15/15km C/F 36 89.98
02-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR Sprint Qualification WC SP C Qual 74 160.72
02-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR World Cup SP C Final 74
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Overall Standings 55
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 15 km F Pursuit 55 (31) 32.66
25-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 15 km C 86 78.34

 

Erik Bjornsen

Age 26

WC Distance rank = 39

WC Sprint rank = 42

Overall rank =42

Average FIS Points Distance (five races) = 42.27

Average FIS Points Sprint = 78.05

Best Distance Finish = 20

Best Sprint finish = 24 Overall, 26 Qualifying

Distance World Cup Points = 18

Points from Objective Criteria = 11

Sprint World Cup Points = 7

Points from objective top 30 overall = 11

17-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 15 km C Pursuit 26 (22) 47.15
16-12-2017 Toblach ITA World Cup 15 km F 29 30.95
09-12-2017 Davos SUI World Cup SP F Final 58
09-12-2017 Davos SUI Sprint Qualification WC SP F Qual 58 93.25
03-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR World Cup Skiathlon 15/15km C/F 20 54.67
02-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR Sprint Qualification WC SP C Qual 35 78.15
02-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR World Cup SP C Final 35
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Overall Standings 26
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 15 km F Pursuit 26 (43) 48.78
25-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 15 km C 26 29.80
24-11-2017 Ruka FIN Sprint Qualification WC SP C Qual 26 62.76

 

Andrew Newell

WC Sprint Rank = 40

Age 34

Sprint FIS Points = 58.9

Best Finish = 21 Overall, 10th Qualification

Total Points = 10

Overall rank = 64

Points from top 30 overall and objective criteria = 34

09-12-2017 Davos SUI Sprint Qualification WC SP F Qual 10 29.35
09-12-2017 Davos SUI World Cup SP F Final 21
02-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR Sprint Qualification WC SP C Qual 38 79.76
02-12-2017 Lillehammer NOR World Cup SP C Final 38
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Overall Standings 75
26-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 15 km F Pursuit 75 (79) 139.40
25-11-2017 Ruka FIN Stage World Cup 15 km C 59 59.28
24-11-2017 Ruka FIN Sprint Qualification WC SP C Qual 34 67.59

 

 

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