The U.S. 2015 World Championships roster grew by one Tuesday, with the addition of Stratton Mountain School T2’s Ben Saxton. The 21-year-old will join the 16 other athletes named to the team, making it the largest U.S. team in recent history. Saxton’s selection follows a sixth-place finish in the classic sprint at the U23 World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
While Saxton did not meet any objective qualifying criteria, the U.S. Ski Team coaches used digression to pick the Minnesota native. (Read more about the U.S. selection process here.)
“Ben has had another breakout year in sprinting. His sprint result at the U23 World Championships indicates that he is ready to compete with the very best in the world,” USST Head Coach Chris Grover said in a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) press release.
Grover told FasterSkier in January that any additional picks from the U23 World Championships would be the result of a skier demonstrating they could perform better than a current team member.
“Somebody needs to have a standout performance to demonstrate that they would ski faster than somebody who is already on the World Championship team,” he said.
“I am incredibly honored to be named to the World Championship team in Falun this year. Being a part of the U.S. Ski Team Family has undoubtedly played a significant role in my growth as a skier, and I am very excited to take represent that team, and our country in Sweden,” Saxton said to USSA.
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