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World Cup Period 1 Team Selection

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 1 of the 2019-20 season:

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Men

Kyle Bratrud – Objective – Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton – Objective – 17th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
Erik Bjornsen – Objective – 36th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
Andy Newell – Discretion – 30 World Cup Points 18-19
David Norris – Discretion – 22 World Cup Points 18-19
Kevin Bolger – Discretion – 17 World Cup Points 18-19
Scott Patterson – Discretion – 12 World Cup Points 18-19
Logan Hanneman (alternate) – Discretion – 10 World Cup Points 18-19

Women

Julia Kern – Objective – Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell – Objective – 4th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
Jessie Diggins – Objective – 7th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
Sadie Bjornsen – Objective – 8th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
Rosie Brennan – Objective – 27th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
Kelsey Phinney – Discretion – 12 World Cup Points 18-19
Caitlin Patterson – Discretion – 9 World Cup Points 18-19
Hailey Swirbul – Discretion – 18-19 OPA Distance Podiums
Rosie Frankowski – Discretion – 24th Seefeld WSC Skiathlon

Lillehammer, NOR Skiathlon and Davos, SUI 10/15 km F

Men

Kyle Bratrud – Objective – Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
Erik Bjornsen – Objective – 36th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
Simi Hamilton – Discretion – 40 World Cup Distance Points 18-19
David Norris – Discretion – 22 World Cup Distance Points 18-19
Scott Patterson – Discretion – 12 World Cup Distance Points 18-19
Adam Martin – Discretion – Next lowest FIS distance ranking

Women

Julia Kern – Objective – Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
Jessie Diggins – Objective – 6th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
Sadie Bjornsen – Objective – 13th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
Rosie Brennan – Objective – 27th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
Caitlin Patterson – Discretion – 9 World Cup Distance Points 18-19
Hailey Swirbul – Discretion – 18-19 OPA Distance Podiums
Rosie Frankowski – Discretion – 24th Seefeld WSC Skiathlon

Davos, SUI Sprint F and Planica, SLO Sprint F

Men

Kyle Bratrud – Objective – Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton – Objective – 17th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
Andy Newell – Discretion – 30 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
Kevin Bolger – Discretion – 17 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
Logan Hanneman – Discretion – 10 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
Erik Bjornsen – Discretion – 7 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
Ben Saxton (alternate) – Discretion – Next lowest FIS sprint ranking

Women

Julia Kern – Objective – Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell – Objective – 4th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
Jessie Diggins – Objective – 7th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
Sadie Bjornsen – Objective – 8th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
Rosie Brennan – Discretion – 16 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
Kelsey Phinney – Discretion – 12 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
Hannah Halvorsen – Discretion – Next lowest FIS sprint ranking

The above discretionary selections were nominated by a 15-person working group that includes:

Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep
Tad Elliott, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep
Cami Thompson-Graves, U.S. Ski & Snowboard XC Sport Committee Chair / Dartmouth College
Austin Caldwell, CU
Dragan Danevski, MEA
Erik Flora, APU
Joe Haggenmiller, CXC
Chris Mallory, SVSEF
Pepa Miloucheva, CGRP
Pat O’Brien, SMS
Dan Weiland, SSCV
Bernie Nelson, U.S. Ski Team
Jason Cork, U.S. Ski Team
Matt Whitcomb, U.S. Ski Team
Chris Grover, U.S. Ski Team

The nominations were then approved by a discretionary selection review group comprised of:

Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep
Luke Bodensteiner, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport
Bryan Fish, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Program Manager

The above discretionary selection process will be repeated for each period of World Cup this coming season, with the next selection for the Tour de Ski (i.e. Period 2) coming on or after Dec. 18, 2019.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about this process, feel free to contact me directly.

Sincerely, Chris

Chris Grover
Head Coach, U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

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