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World Cup Period 5 Nominations

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 5:

Lahti, FIN 10/15 km C

Men
Ben Lustgarten, Objective, SuperTour Leader
David Norris, Discretion, 24th Falun 15 km F
Erik Bjornsen, Discretion, 28th Ruka 15 km C
Simi Hamilton, Discretion, 43rd Östersund 15 km C Pursuit
Adam Martin, Discretion, 1st Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
Gus Schumacher, Discretion, 2nd Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
Ian Torchia (alternate), Discretion, 3rd Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
Tyler Kornfield (alt.), Discretion, 4th Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
Kyle Bratrud (alt), Discretion, 2nd U.S. Nationals 30 km C

Women
Kaitlynn Miller, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Jessie Diggins, Objective, 5th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
Sadie Bjornsen, Objective, 12th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
Rosie Brennan, Objective, 14th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
Julia Kern, Objective, 36th Overall World Cup (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 24th Östersund 10 km C Pursuit
Katharine Ogden, Discretion, 21st TDS Final Climb, 28th VdF 10 km C
Sophie Caldwell (alt), Discretion, 25th Toblach 10 km F
Caitlin Patterson (alt), Discretion, National 10 km F Champ, 2nd U.S. Nationals 20 km C
Rosie Frankowski (alt), Discretion, 23rd Davos 15 km F
Alayna Sonnesyn (alt), Discretion, 43rd Östersund 10 km F
Becca Rorabaugh (alt), Discretion, 2nd Wirth SuperTour 5 km C

Drammen, NOR Sprint F

Men
Ben Lustgarten, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton, Objective, 24th Sprint World Cup (pre Åre and Trondheim)
Logan Hanneman, Objective, 37th Sprint World Cup (pre Åre and Trondheim)
Kevin Bolger, Discretion, 41st Sprint World Cup (pre Åre and Trondheim)
JC Schoonmaker, Discretion, Fastest Qualifier Nationals Sprint F, 30th Dresden WC
Gus Schumacher, Discretion, Fastest Qualifier and 1st Overall Wirth SuperTour Sprint F
Tyler Kornfield (alt), Discretion, 2nd fastest Qualifier Wirth SuperTour Sprint F
Andy Newell (alt), Discretion, 3rd fastest Qualifier Wirth SuperTour Sprint F

Women
Kaitlynn Miller, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell, Objective, 5th World Cup Sprint Standings (pre Åre and Trondheim)
Jessie Diggins, Objective, 7th World Cup Sprint Standings (pre Åre and Trondheim)
Sadie Bjornsen, Objective, 8th World Cup Sprint Standings (pre Åre and Trondheim)
Julia Kern, Discretion, 16th World Cup Sprint Standings (pre Åre and Trondheim)
Rosie Brennan, Discretion, 16th Oberstdorf Sprint C
Erika Flowers (alt), Discretion, Fastest Qualifier Wirth SuperTour Sprint F
Becca Rorabaugh (alt), Discretion, 2nd fastest Qualifier and 1st Overall Wirth SuperTour Sprint F

Oslo, NOR 30/50 km C

Men
Ben Lustgarten, Objective, SuperTour Leader
David Norris, Discretion, 24th Falun 15 km F
Erik Bjornsen, Discretion, 28th Ruka 15 km C
Simi Hamilton, Discretion, 43rd Östersund 15 km C Pursuit
Adam Martin, Discretion, 1st Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
Gus Schumacher, Discretion, 2nd Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
Ian Torchia (alternate), Discretion, 3rd Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
Tyler Kornfield (alt.), Discretion, 4th Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
Kyle Bratrud (alt), Discretion, 2nd U.S. Nationals 30 km C

Women
Kaitlynn Miller, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Jessie Diggins, Objective, 5th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
Sadie Bjornsen, Objective, 12th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
Rosie Brennan, Objective, 14th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
Julia Kern, Objective, 36th Overall World Cup (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 24th Östersund 10 km C Pursuit
Katharine Ogden, Discretion, 21st TDS Final Climb, 28th VdF 10 km C
Sophie Caldwell (alt), Discretion, 25th Toblach 10 km F
Caitlin Patterson (alt), Discretion, National 10 km F Champ, 2nd U.S. Nationals 20 km C
Rosie Frankowski (alt), Discretion, 23rd Davos 15 km F
Alayna Sonnesyn (alt), Discretion, 43rd Östersund 10 km F
Becca Rorabaugh (alt), Discretion, 2nd Wirth SuperTour 5 km C

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
Tiger Shaw, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief Executive Officer
Bryan Fish, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Program Manager

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

Sincerely,

Chris Grover
Cross Country Program Director, U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

Ski Tour 2020 Team Nominations

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period IV (Ski Tour 2020).

Ski Tour 2020

Men
Ben Lustgarten, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton, Objective, 22nd Sprint World Cup
Logan Hanneman, Objective, 35th Sprint World Cup
Kevin Bolger, Objective, 39th Sprint World Cup
David Norris, Discretion, 28th Oberstdorf Skiathlon, 27th Nove Mesto 15 km F
Kyle Bratrud, Discretion, U.S. National Champ 15 km F, 2nd U.S. Nationals 30 km C
Gus Schumacher (alt.), Discretion, 2nd U.S. Nationals 15 km F, 4th, U.S. Nationals 30 km C

Women
Alayna Sonnesyn, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell, Objective, 4th Sprint World Cup
Jessie Diggins, Objective, 7th Sprint World Cup
Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, Objective, 9th Sprint World Cup
Julia Kern, Objective, 15th Sprint World Cup
Rosie Brennan, Objective, 16th Overall World Cup
Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 21st Davos 10 km F, U.S. National Champ 20 km C
Katharine Ogden, Discretion, 21st Tour de Ski Final Climb, 28th Overall Tour de Ski
Rosie Frankowski, Discretion, 23rd Davos 10 km F
Caitlin Patterson, Discretion, U.S. National Champ 10 km F, 2nd U.S. Nationals 20 km C
Kaitlynn Miller (alt.), Discretion, 2nd Craftsbury 10 km C, 2nd Craftsbury Sprint C

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
Tiger Shaw, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief Executive Officer
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 Period V on or after February 23, 2020.

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

Sincerely, Chris

Chris Grover
Cross Country Program Director, U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

World Cup Period 3 Nominations

Dear Cross Country Community,

 

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period III.

Dresden Sprint F

Men

Ian Torchia                                    Objective                  SuperTour Leader

Simi Hamilton                                    Objective                  16th Sprint World Cup

Logan Hanneman                                    Objective                  29th Sprint World Cup

Kevin Bolger                                    Objective                  38th Sprint World Cup

JC Schoonmaker                                    Discretion                  Fastest Sprint F qualifier at U.S. Nationals

Gus Schumacher                                    Discretion                  Sprint F National Champ, 2nd fastest qualifier

Erik Bjornsen (alt.)                  Discretion                  Historic Team Sprint ability

 

Women

Alayna Sonnesyn                                    Objective                  SuperTour Leader

Sophie Caldwell                                    Objective                  6th Sprint World Cup

Sadie Maubet Bjornsen                  Objective                  8th Sprint World Cup

Jessie Diggins                                    Objective                  9th Sprint World Cup

Julia Kern                                    Objective                  12th Sprint World Cup

Rosie Brennan                                    Discretion                  25th Lenzerheide Sprint F, 25th Ruka Sprint C

Hailey Swirbul                                    Discretion                  30th Davos Sprint F, Fastest qualifier US Nationals Sprint F

Caitlin Patterson (alt.)                  Discretion                  3rd U.S. Nationals Sprint F and qualifier

 

Nove Mesto 2-day Pursuit & Oberstdorf Skiathlon

Men

Ian Torchia                                    Objective                  SuperTour Leader

Kyle Bratrud                                    Discretion                  15 km F National Champ, 2nd 30 km C National Champs

Gus Schumacher                                    Discretion                  2nd 15 km F National Champs, 4th 30 km C National Champs

Erik Bjornsen                                    Discretion                  30 km C National Champ, 3rd 15 km F National Champs

Simi Hamilton                                    Discretion                  34th Ruka 15 km C, Historic 15 km F results

David Norris                                    Discretion                  30th Tour de Ski Final Climb F

Adam Martin (alt.)                  Discretion                  5th 15 km F National Champs, 5th 30 km C National Champs

 

Women

Alayna Sonnesyn                                    Objective                  SuperTour Leader

Jessie Diggins                                    Objective                  5th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20

Sadie Maubet Bjornsen                  Objective                  6th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20

Rosie Brennan                                    Objective                  16th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20

Sophie Caldwell                                    Objective                  23rd Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20

Julia Kern                                    Objective                  33rd Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20

Hailey Swirbul                                    Discretion                  21st Davos 10 km F, 20 km C National Champion

Katharine Ogden (alt.)                  Discretion                  21st Tour de Ski Final Climb F, 28th Overall Tour de Ski

Rosie Frankowski                  (alt.)                  Discretion                  23rd Davos 10 km F

Caitlin Patterson (alt.)                  Discretion                  10 km F National Champion, 2nd 20 km C National Champs

 

Oberstdorf Sprint C & Falun Sprint C

Men

Ian Torchia                                    Objective                  SuperTour Leader

Simi Hamilton                                    Objective                  16th Sprint World Cup

Logan Hanneman                                    Objective                  29th Sprint World Cup

Kevin Bolger                                    Objective                  38th Sprint World Cup

JC Schoonmaker                                    Discretion                  30th Dresden Sprint F, Fastest Sprint F qualifier at U.S. Nationals

Andy Newell                                    Discretion                  1st U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification

Luke Jager (alt.)                                    Discretion                  2nd U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification

Ben Saxton (alt.)                                     Discretion                  3rd U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification

Noel Keeffe (alt.)                                    Discretion                  4th U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification

Peter Holmes (alt.)                  Discretion                  5th U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification

Tyler Kornfield (alt.)                  Discretion                  6th U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification

 

Women

Alayna Sonnesyn                                    Objective                  SuperTour Leader

Sophie Caldwell                                    Objective                  6th Sprint World Cup

Sadie Maubet Bjornsen                  Objective                  8th Sprint World Cup

Jessie Diggins                                    Objective                  9th Sprint World Cup

Julia Kern                                    Objective                  12th Sprint World Cup

Rosie Brennan                                    Discretion                  25th Lenzerheide Sprint F, 25th Ruka Sprint C

Hailey Swirbul                                    Discretion                  30th Davos Sprint F, Fastest qualifier US Nationals Sprint F & Sprint C

Kaitlynn Miller (alt.)                  Discretion                  2nd U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification

Caitlin Patterson (alt.)                  Discretion                  3rd U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification

 

Falun 15/30 km F

Men

Ian Torchia                                    Objective                  SuperTour Leader

Kyle Bratrud                                    Discretion                  15 km F National Champ, 2nd 30 km C National Champs

Gus Schumacher                                    Discretion                  2nd 15 km F National Champs, 4th 30 km C National Champs

Erik Bjornsen                                    Discretion                  30 km C National Champ, 3rd 15 km F National Champs

David Norris                                    Discretion                  30th Tour de Ski Final Climb F

TBD                                                      Discretion                  Nomination post Oberstdorf and Craftsbury SuperTour

TBD (alt.)                                    Discretion                  Nomination post Oberstdorf and Craftsbury SuperTour

 

Women

Alayna Sonnesyn                                    Objective                  SuperTour Leader

Jessie Diggins                                    Objective                  5th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20

Sadie Maubet Bjornsen                  Objective                  6th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20

Rosie Brennan                                    Objective                  16th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20

Sophie Caldwell                                    Objective                  23rd Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20

Julia Kern                                    Objective                  33rd Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20

Hailey Swirbul                                    Discretion                  21st Davos 10 km F, 20 km C National Champion

Katharine Ogden (alt.)                  Discretion                  21st Tour de Ski Final Climb F, 28th Overall Tour de Ski

Rosie Frankowski                  (alt.)                  Discretion                  23rd Davos 10 km F

Caitlin Patterson (alt.)                  Discretion                  10 km F National Champion, 2nd 20 km C National Champs

 

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

Tiger Shaw                                                      U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief Executive Officer

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 Period IV on or after January 27, 2020.

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

 

Tour de Ski 2019-20 Team

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for the Tour de Ski.

Tour de Ski

Men
Ben Lustgarten, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton, Objective, Top-20 (13th) World Cup Sprint
Erik Bjornsen, Discretion, Historic 15 km & sprint results, 28th Ruka 15 km C, 25th Ruka Pursuit
Kevin Bolger, Discretion, Historic Sprint F results, 30th Davos Sprint F
Logan Hanneman, Discretion, Historic Sprint F results, tied for 30th Davos Sprint F qualifier
Kyle Bratrud, Discretion, Historic 15 km results, 38th Davos 15 km F
David Norris, Discretion, Historic 15 km results, 34th Lillehammer Skiathlon

Women
Katharine Ogden, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Jessie Diggins, Objective, 3rd Overall World Cup, 3rd Distance World Cup
Sadie Bjornsen, Objective, 4th Overall World Cup, 7th Sprint World Cup
Sophie Caldwell, Objective, 5th Sprint World Cup
Rosie Brennan, Objective, 18th Overall World Cup
Julia Kern, Objective, 40th Overall World Cup
Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 21st Davos 10 km F, 30th Davos Sprint F
Rosie Frankowski, Discretion, 23rd Davos 10 km F

Note that some of the above nominations are being turned-down by athletes who are planning on racing at Houghton U.S. Nationals.

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
Tiger Shaw, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief Executive Officer
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 Period III on or after January 3, 2020.

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

2021 World Champs Criterion – DRAFT

Dear Cross-Country Community,

A draft of the 2021 Oberstdorf, GER Nordic World Championships selection criterion can be found here:

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

The criterion is adapted from prior World Championships criteria, but includes the following modifications:

• Anywhere the title “Head Coach” was included in the criterion, it’s been changed to “Cross Country Program Director”, which is my new title.  We don’t currently have anyone on our staff with the title of Head Coach, and we want to ensure there isn’t confusion at selection time.

• The discretionary selection review group had been comprised of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard CEO, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport, and an Athlete Representative.  We no longer have a Chief of Sport position within U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and would like the Chair of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Committee to replace the Chief of Sport on the discretionary selection review group. If the Sport Committee chair feels that he or she has a conflict of interest during the selection process, they may recuse themselves if necessary, and be replaced by the Chair of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Coaches’ Subcommittee.  We feel that having this third voice on the selection committee come from outside the U.S. Ski & Snowboard paid staff provides greater transparency in the discretionary selection process, yet includes someone with intimate knowledge of our sport, and the athletes being considered.

• We’ve removed the language referring to a sub-120 FIS World Rank necessary for consideration for team selection.  This was intended to help us select a manageable sized team to the 2022 Games (and try it out in 2021), but the IOC now is in the process of creating a new formula for selecting cross country athletes to the Games which limits team size per nation to 8 men and 8 women maximum.  With this limitation already being placed on our selection, the need for the creating this World Rank threshold becomes unnecessary.

This draft criterion has been approved by the World Cup Discretionary Selection Working Group and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard XC Sport Committee. It will likely be finalized next May at U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress, but there is also a chance that the USOPC or U.S. Ski & Snowboard leadership may want to see different language used in parts of the criterion, which would cause the above groups to revisit and re-work the criterion, and eventually vote to approve an updated version.

In the meantime, please take a close look at this criterion, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns that you might have.

Sincerely, Chris

Chris Grover
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org
(435) 640-8545

National Coaches’ Symposium

Ski Leaders and Coaches,

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Biennial National Coaches’ Symposium September 27-29, 2019 is being held at St Louis Park, MN Recreation Center (Minneapolis, MN).

The focus this year is best practices for Junior and Youth development as well as Women in Sport.

Keynote presenters include Brit Baldishol – Cross Country Skiing Development Manager for the Norwegian Ski Federation and Dr. Nicole LaVoi – Director of The Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport. In addition, ten contributing presenters will discuss key areas in building lifelong passion and excellence in the sport of Cross Country skiing.

The cost of the 2.5-day conference is $300.00. The conference agenda, presenter biographies, conference location, and hotel information can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sMYLdzN5s_3mT1opXlfDHEuYGFohf3ox/view

There is seating for up to 100 coaches. The first 75 coaches receive a U.S. Ski & Snowboard backpack. First preference goes to U.S. Ski & Snowboard Level 100 and Level 200 certified coaches, however, all coaches are encouraged and welcome!

Updated and Final 2019-20 World Cup Criterion

Dear Cross Country Ski Racing Community,

We’ve just posted an updated and final version of the World Cup Selection Criterion for 2019-20, which captures recent calendar changes in the SuperTour and World Cup schedules, and it can be found here:

https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sites/default/files/files-resources/files/2019/2019-20%20Cross%20Country%20World%20Cup%20Criteria%206-25-19.pdf

This criterion was created by a working group that included 8 senior club coaches, the Chair of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Committee, 2 non-active U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Representatives, and 4 of the U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself. The criterion was then reviewed and approved by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Committee.

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

• We have a special selection for the Sprint Tour in Quebec City and Minneapolis. Our quota for this Tour will be 15 men and 15 women.
• We have a special selection for the World Cup Finals in Canmore. Our quota for this event will also be 15 men and 15 women.

We are excited for these extensive racing opportunities in North America and relish the opportunity for so many USA athletes to start in these events. We feel this criterion will do a great job 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 criterion, and you have any questions or concerns about it, please feel free to contact me directly. My contact info is below.

Sincerely,

Chris Grover
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org
(435) 640-8545

World Cup Discretionary Selection Dates and Procedures

Dear XC Community,

Here are the approximate dates when the World Cup Working Group will be making discretionary selections to the different periods of World Cup:

June 11, 2019: World Cup Period 1 (see previous post)

Dec. 16, 2019: Tour de Ski (WC Period 2) Selection

Jan. 3, 2020: WC Period 3 Selection

Jan. 27, 2020: WC Period 4 Selection

Feb. 17, 2020: WC Period 5 Selection

Selections for the Sprint Tour (Quebec City – Minneapolis) and the Canmore WC Finals will not utilize the World Cup Working Group for discretionary selections, but will rely solely on following the World Cup 19-20 Selection Criterion, which is undergoing final draft modifications and review by the World Cup Working Group, and will be sent to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Cross Country Committee for their review before publication this summer.

The World Cup Working Group is comprised of 15 members. Please see my previous blog post for those members. In the case of a disagreement concerning the discretionary selection of an athlete or athletes to a World Cup start, every member of the Working Group casts a vote. Every vote is equal. Because we have an odd number of Group members, we will always have a majority in order to make a final decision. This same dynamic is at work with the 3-person Discretionary Selection Review Committee.  The names of those Committee members also can be found in my previous post.

Please let me know if you have any questions about our procedures.

Sincerely, Chris

chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org
(435) 640-8545

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:

Ruka, FIN Triple

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

FIS Meeting Notes

Dear USA XC Community,

Here are a few notes from FIS meetings.

FIS Meeting Notes – Cavtat, CRO May 29-31, 2019

World Cup 2019-20:

Updated World Cup calendars can be found here:

https://www.fis-ski.com/en/inside-fis/document-library/cross-country-documents

The Planica, SLO individual sprint in December was changed to skate to provide technique balance in sprint events for the season and to better compliment course design.

Tour de Ski:

Dramatic change in Tour race formats for this season.

2-day pursuit in Toblach with pursuit based only on results from day before to keep competition tighter on TV and make the event more exciting. Normal overall Tour standings are not impacted by this change.

Tour de Ski Final Climb on Alpe Cermis is Mass Start (not Pursuit). This means that the first person across the line may not be the winner. TV graphics (virtual standings) will be key for telling the story of what is happening. Lots of discussion about how this will be produced and filmed. There will be a rush for athletes to get into a good position prior to the narrowing on the Marcialonga trail, and likely a sprint bonus at the end of the regular stadium area trails time-check.

We are getting rid of bonus points in stage pursuit races (updated rules coming soon).

New sprint-oriented point ranking. Sprint bonuses earlier in distance events to encourage sprinters to go for points early in race. Possible green sprinters bib like Tour de France? FIS staff is working on a plan over the summer to present in Zurich.

Lots of discussion about how to keep people from dropping out of Tour. Early sprint bonuses designed to keep sprinters in Tour longer, as well as placing 2nd sprint later in the Tour.

Modified course in Dresden. 2 laps of 650 meters. Doesn’t go under the bridge, but turns before it. Shorter course. Changed direction of the course to create a long finish stretch. Ski service boxes on spectator stand side. Building artificial bridge on flat on way back to finish. Creating more stands for spectators. Dresden working to create a better atmosphere around the event.

Relay in Nove Mesto on day two changed to Pursuit.

Ski Tour 2020 (Mid-Scandinavian Tour):

Team presentation on Friday evening prior to Östersund races.

Åre Sprint F will be on lower alpine hill. Two laps.

Athletes (mandatory) and staff (not mandatory) on the train between venues. This is part of the sustainable vision of this Tour.

TV (SVT, NRK) on the train and at least one press conference on the train.

Teams will transport their own skis and equipment. Wax trucks.

3 accommodation hubs (Östersund, Åre, Trondheim).

For Stage 4, the wax trucks will stage at finish in Meråker, where there should be good testing and space for waxing/skiing. The OC will provide some hotel rooms for teams to change/hang out, etc.

Idea from the OC is to have the athletes carry their own feeds on point to point stage 4. OC feeds possible at 22 and 33 km. We will need to create a strategy for procuring using Camelbacks, etc.

North American World Cups:

Full-sized USA Nation’s Group for Quebec City, Minneapolis, and Canmore (max 15 athletes per sex) including National Quota, COC leader, sprint top-20 (QC/MSP only), and Nation’s Group.

Team Sprint in Quebec City eliminated because it doesn’t fit into a Sprint Tour concept. We will have a Sprint C instead. Total 3 sprints in the Tour. Scored like a mini-Tour. Promotes attendance in both Quebec City and Minneapolis. Half-points each stage. 200 points for the Tour victory.

Canmore WC Finals. A new format will be introduced to World Cup: mixed relay on last day of WC (Sunday March 22). 4 x 5 km. CC/FF. Woman, Man, Man, Woman. No relay quotas so that most athletes can race the relay.

World Cup 2020-21:

Weekends off prior to and after the Tour de Ski.

We will try an interval start at Holmenkollen. TV is already organized for this. It will be an experiment, and if it works well it may be repeated going forward and will complement the mass-start 30 km and 50 km at the Olympics and World Champs.

World Cup 2021-22:

Discussion of moving the Tour de Ski forward one week to allow for better participation in the Tour on an Olympic year, and give time for recovery and training/preparation prior to the Olympics. However, moving it forward puts the Tour very close to Christmas.

Free weekend prior to Beijing Olympics.

General:

Discussion in the Rules & Control subcommittee of no-pole skating hard (with aggressive arm swings) in mass-starts, sprint heats, and pursuits where one athlete’s poles are obstructing/injuring another athlete. This is often a type of tactical skiing athletes are employing, but the behavior can’t be contained or measured effectively by creation of a rule, and must be left to the discretion of the jury. Athletes can employ this tactic but do risk penalties for obstruction or unsportsmanlike conduct if behavior is egregious.

There will be China City Sprints in 2019-20 again this winter. Details coming later this summer/fall. Many different cities may be host sites.

International Ski Leaders of Tomorrow Seminar (women in coaching) in Oslo, NOR in September 13-15, 2019. More info coming in June. Room and Board are graciously being provided by the organizer.

There is a lot of momentum for replacing the word “ladies” in all FIS XC English language documents with the word “women”. Everyone is in support of modernizing the language. Will take quite a bit of work to go through all documents.

World Cup Rules:

The limitation of 4 bibs (2 x Course 1, 2 x Course 2) on World Cup race days is effective already this season (2019-20). Also, Nations can only combine Service Teams with one other Nation maximum. There was strong support for these proposals.  This means that athletes will need to be ready to test much more often by themselves, if they are testing on course. This should help to level the playing field between the biggest service teams and all other nations.

FIS staff will create a working group this summer that includes representatives from Service Teams and the SRS to further discuss creating standardized windows of testing on World Cup race courses depending on the event type, and come to Zurich fall meetings ready for discussions and creating rules.

There will be some language that attempts to prevent teams from doing a lot of ski testing at a race venue in the weeks leading up to the competition. However, it is always possible to be testing skis with athletes any time, and there was recognition that this would be very challenging to police. The idea is to prevent lots of testing without athletes at WC race venues (i.e. supplanting reduced race day testing with increased testing during the week).

Working group created to investigate an increase WC prize money in the 2020-21 season. The group will come to Zurich in October with a proposal. It’s been 18 years since we’ve had a prize money purse increase. This would need to be approved by FIS council.

The OC can charge a team for meals/access to the FIS family room 10 CHF/day if that nation is booking lodging outside the OC. Nations that are booking their own hotels should speak with the OC to make sure the hotel is part of the OC’s “network”.

The FIS staff can set official departure and arrival days at venues during a multi-state event, starting with the Tour de Ski this coming season. We are waiting to hear back from the staff concerning which days will be official Tour de Ski travel days for the 19-20 season.

World Juniors / U23s:

All Nations support adding a U23 mixed relay. Teams would like it added to the program already by Oberwiesenthal 2020. This must be approved by the FIS Council because it is a medal event. We need time for GER to discuss with Oberwiesenthal and Nordic Combined to see what is possible for the schedule. Most nations would like to have the relay as the last event at the Champs for both juniors and U23s. The CCC would like the format to be CC/FF. 4 x 5 km. Woman, Man, Man, Woman.

The FIS staff suggested that normally the WJC/U23 Championships will be held in late January – early February. The March timing of Oberwiesenthal is an anomaly based on the needs of the GER Federation. The USA strongly supports keeping the Championships out of March to avoid future conflicts with NCAA Champs and Junior Nationals.

Olympic Quota (already being considered at the IOC):

Quota no longer calculated with FIS points, but by analyzing results from World Championships 2021 and U23s 2021.

Maximum 8 men and 8 women per nation. Quota is fixed so that number of men and women is the same overall. Nations may or may not have an equal number of women and men, unless they reach their max quota of 16. However, the total Games quota for all teams will be an equal number of men and women.

We will know our quota (specific number of women and men) for the 2022 Olympics by the end of the 2020-2021 Season! This will really help all teams effectively plan for the Games, take the guess-work out of team sizes, etc.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Chris Grover
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org
+1 435 640 8545

U.S. Cross Country Women’s Coaching Fellowship

Male cross country ski coaches outnumber female coaches by a 2:1 ratio in the United States. When observing head coach and other leadership positions, this ratio becomes even more exaggerated. To help address this disparity, the U.S. Cross Country Team is creating a fellowship to provide female coaches an opportunity to share experiences alongside U.S. Ski Team coaches and athletes.

Who: Four female cross country coaches, accepted through the below application process.

What: A one-week coaching fellowship to take place at the October U.S. Cross Country Team training camp. Accepted applicants will work alongside U.S. Ski Team coaches to assist and learn from athletes in a camp setting. All expenses will be covered thanks to the generosity of the HerRay! Foundation.

Where: The October U.S. Cross Country camp will be split into two locations, Lake Placid, NY and Park City, UT. Two fellowship applicants will be selected to attend the Lake Placid camp and two fellowship applicants will be selected to attend the Park City camp.

When: October 7-13, 2019 (for both locations)

How: Please submit:
1. Your résumé
2. One area you believe U.S. Cross Country Skiing could improve, and how that issue should be addressed (1 page maximum).

Applications from female coaches of all experience levels will be considered. Please submit the listed materials to gus.kaeding@usskiandsnowboard.org by 7/31/2019.

2021 U.S. Ski Team Criteria

Dear Cross Country Community,

We have recently posted a first draft of the 2021 USST selection criteria here:

https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sport-programs/criteria/us-cross-country-team-criteria

The criteria for 2021 is almost identical to the criteria for 2020. The one significant change is this wording for A-Team selection:

· Any athlete achieving one top-6 finish and one top-12 finish in FIS individual distance or sprint World Cup races in the 2019-20 season, excluding “Winner of the Day” performances in pursuit events.

Here we clarified that the intention was to select athletes finishing in the top-6 in a non-“Winner of the Day” World Cup race, and that the athlete also must back-up that performance with an additional top-12 performance to ensure that the top-6 performance was not a one-off, but indicative of true potential or progress towards a medal standard.

When we have the date range for the 8th FIS points list of 2020, which is used to determine World Rank, we can finalize the criteria.

In the meantime, please feel free to call or e-mail me with any questions or concerns you might have. Thanks, Chris

Chris Grover
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

+1 435 640 8545

Development Coaching Position

Dear U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coaching Community,

U.S. Ski & Snowboard currently has an open position for Cross Country Development / D-Team Coach. If you, or someone you know, are interested in this opportunity, please use this link for a detailed description of the position: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/about/careers/xc-development-coach-d-team-coach

Please help us circulate this notification. The application period will tentatively close on April 1, 2019.

Thanks, Chris

Chris Grover
Head Coach, U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
U.S. Ski & Snowboard
https://usskiandsnowboard.org/
+1 435 640 8545
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

World Cup Period 5 Nominations

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 5:

Oslo, NOR 50/30 km C

Men

Kyle Bratrud – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Erik Bjornsen – Objective – 39th World Cup Distance Standings
David Norris – Discretion – 33rd Cogne 15 km C
Scott Patterson – Discretion – Historic 50 km results
Adam Martin – Discretion – Historic distance results
Ben Lustgarten – Discretion – Historic distance results

Women

Kaitlynn Miller – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Jessie Diggins – Objective – 6th World Cup Distance Standings
Sadie Bjornsen – Objective – 14th World Cup Distance Standings
Rosie Brennan – Objective – 20th World Cup Distance Standings
Rosie Frankowski – Discretion – Historic distance results
Caitlin Patterson – Discretion – Historic distance results

Drammen, NOR Sprint C

Men

Kyle Bratrud – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton – Objective – 17th World Cup Sprint Standings
Andy Newell – Discretion – 15th Otepää Sprint C, 23rd Cogne Sprint F
Erik Bjornsen – Discretion – 24th Otepää Sprint C
Kevin Bolger – Discretion – 18th Seefeld WSC Sprint F, 21st Toblach Sprint F
Logan Hanneman – Discretion – 26th Seefeld WSC Sprint F, 27th Cogne Sprint F
Ben Saxton – Alternate – Historic sprint results

Women

Kaitlynn Miller – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell – Objective – 4th World Cup Sprint Standings
Jessie Diggins – Objective – 8th World Cup Sprint Standings
Sadie Bjornsen – Objective – 11th World Cup Sprint Standings
Julia Kern – Discretion – 11th Cogne Sprint F, 19th Dresden Sprint F
Ida Sargent – Discretion – 15th Otepää Sprint C, 21st Davos Sprint F
Rosie Brennan – Discretion – 21st Lillehammer Sprint F, 27th Cogne Sprint F
Kelsey Phinney – Alternate – 19th Lahti Sprint F

Falun, SWE Sprint F

Men

Kyle Bratrud – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton – Objective – 17th World Cup Sprint Standings
Andy Newell – Discretion – 15th Otepää Sprint C, 23rd Cogne Sprint F
Kevin Bolger – Discretion – 18th Seefeld WSC Sprint F, 21st Toblach Sprint F
Logan Hanneman – Discretion – 26th Seefeld WSC Sprint F, 27th Cogne Sprint F
Ben Saxton – Discretion – Historic sprint results

Women

Kaitlynn Miller – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell – Objective – 4th World Cup Sprint Standings
Jessie Diggins – Objective – 8th World Cup Sprint Standings
Sadie Bjornsen – Objective – 11th World Cup Sprint Standings
Julia Kern – Discretion – 11th Cogne Sprint F, 19th Dresden Sprint F
Ida Sargent – Discretion – 15th Otepää Sprint C, 21st Davos Sprint F
Rosie Brennan – Discretion – 21st Lillehammer Sprint F, 27th Cogne Sprint F
Kelsey Phinney – Alternate – 19th Lahti Sprint F

Falun, SWE 10/15 km F

Men

Kyle Bratrud – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Erik Bjornsen – Objective – 39th World Cup Distance Standings
David Norris – Discretion – 22nd fastest WSC Skiathlon skate time
Scott Patterson – Discretion – Historic Distance F results
Simi Hamilton – Discretion – Historic Distance F results

Women

Kaitlynn Miller – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Jessie Diggins – Objective – 6th World Cup Distance Standings
Sadie Bjornsen – Objective – 14th World Cup Distance Standings
Rosie Brennan – Objective – 20th World Cup Distance Standings
Rosie Frankowski – Discretion – 14th fastest WSC Skiathlon skate time
Julia Kern – Discretion – 18th fastest WSC Skiathlon skate time
Caitlin Patterson – Discretion – 23rd Ulricehamn 10 km F

The above discretionary selections were nominated by a 15-person working group that includes 10 of our top club coaches, a U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete representative, and four U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself. The nominations were then approved by a discretionary selection review group comprised of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Program Manager, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport, and an athlete representative who is a member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board.

The above discretionary selection process will be repeated for each period of World Cup this season.

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

World Cup Period 4 Nominations

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 4:

Lahti, FIN Sprint F

Men
Kyle Bratrud, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton, Objective, 25th World Cup Sprint Standings
Andy Newell, Discretion, 15th Otepää Sprint C, 25th Dresden Sprint F
Kevin Bolger, Discretion, 21st Toblach Sprint, 29th Dresden Sprint F
Erik Bjornsen, Discretion, 24th Otepää Sprint C, Historic Team Sprint C Results
Logan Hanneman, Discretion, Top Sprint F Qualifier U.S. Nationals

Women
Julia Kern, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell, Objective, 6th World Cup Sprint Standings
Ida Sargent, Discretion, 15th Otepää Sprint C, 36th World Cup Sprint standings
Hannah Halvorsen, Discretion, 35th Dresden Sprint F, 23rd Lahti U23 Champs Sprint C
Kelsey Phinney, Discretion, 3rd qualifier U.S. Nationals Sprint F behind Halvorsen and Kern.
Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 41st Dresden Sprint F, 24th Lahti U24 Champs Sprint C

Cogne, ITA Sprint F

Men
Kyle Bratrud, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton, Objective, 25th World Cup Sprint Standings
Andy Newell, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC sprint F starts
Kevin Bolger, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC sprint F starts
Erik Bjornsen, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC sprint F starts
Logan Hanneman, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC sprint F starts

Women
Julia Kern, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell, Objective, 6th World Cup Sprint Standings
Sadie Bjornsen, Objective, 11th World Cup Sprint Standings
Jessie Diggins, Objective, 13th World Cup Sprint Standings
Ida Sargent, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC sprint F starts
Rosie Brennan, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC sprint F starts
TBD, Discretion, Best Lahti Sprint F performance by Halvorsen, Phinney, or Swirbul

Cogne, ITA 10/15 km C

Men
Kyle Bratrud, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Erik Bjornsen, Discretion, 43rd Distance World Cup. 30th Otepää 15 km C
Adam Martin, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC distance starts
Scott Patterson, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC distance starts
David Norris, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC distance starts
Ben Lustgarten, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC distance starts

Women
Julia Kern, Objective, SuperTour Leader
Jessie Diggins, Objective, 6th World Cup Distance Standings
Sadie Bjornsen, Objective, 12th World Cup Distance Standings
Rosie Brennan, Objective, 22nd World Cup Distance Standings
Caitlin Patterson, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC distance starts
Rosie Frankowski, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC distance starts
Sophie Caldwell, Discretion, Help determine Seefeld WSC distance starts

The above discretionary selections were nominated by a 15-person working group that includes 10 of our top club coaches, a U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete representative, and four U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself. The nominations were then approved by a discretionary selection review group comprised of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Program Manager, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport, and an athlete representative who is a member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board.

The above discretionary selection process will be repeated for each period of World Cup this season, with the next selection for Period 5 coming in late February.

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

World Cup Period 3 Nominations

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 3:

Dresden Sprint F

Men
Ben Lustgarten       Objective         SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton        Objective         19th World Cup Sprint Standings
Kevin Bolger            Discretion       21st Toblach WC Sprint
Erik Bjornsen          Discretion       Historic Sprint F Results
Andy Newell            Discretion       Dominant sprint qualifiers in Yellowstone and Silver Star.
Logan Hanneman  Discretion       Top Sprint F Qualifier U.S. Nationals

Women
Julia Kern                  Objective         SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell        Objective         3rd World Cup Sprint Standings
Ida Sargent                Discretion       U.S. Nationals Sprint C Champion
Hailey Swirbul          Discretion       2nd qualifier Silver Start Sprint F. Prep for U23 World Champs.
Hannah Halvorsen  Discretion       3rd qualifier Silver Start Sprint F. Prep for U23 World Champs.
Kelsey Phinney         Discretion       3rd qualifier U.S. Nationals Sprint F behind Halvorsen and Kern.

Otepää Sprint C

Men
Ben Lustgarten         Objective          SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton          Objective          19th World Cup Sprint Standings
Kevin Bolger             Discretion         21st Toblach WC Sprint
Erik Bjornsen           Discretion         Historic Sprint F Results
Andy Newell             Discretion         Dominant sprint qualifiers in Yellowstone and Silver Star.
Ben Saxton               Discretion         U.S. Nationals Sprint C Champion

Women
Julia Kern                 Objective         SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell       Objective         3rd World Cup Sprint Standings
Sadie Bjornsen        Objective         6th World Cup Sprint Standings
Jessie Diggins          Objective        12th World Cup Sprint Standings
Ida Sargent               Discretion      U.S. Nationals Sprint C Champion

Rosie Brennan         Discretion      42nd Sprint WC standings.  Qualified in last 2 World Cups.

Kelsey Phinney        Discretion       2nd qualifier U.S. Nationals Sprint C behind Sargent.

Otepää 10/15 km C

Men
Ben Lustgarten         Objective       SuperTour Leader
Erik Bjornsen           Discretion     42nd Distance World Cup. Sick at Tour de Ski.
Kyle Bratrud             Discretion     U.S. National Champ 15 km C
David Norris             Discretion     U.S. National Champ 30 km F
Adam Martin            Discretion     2nd place U.S. National 15 km C
Scott Patterson         Discretion    Historic Distance Results

Women
Julia Kern                  Objective      SuperTour Leader
Jessie Diggins           Objective      5th World Cup Distance Standings
Sadie Bjornsen         Objective      12th World Cup Distance Standings
Rosie Brennan          Objective      20th World Cup Distance Standings
Caitlin Patterson      Discretion    U.S. National Champ 10 km C
Sophie Caldwell       Discretion     36th Toblach WC 10 km F, Historic 10 km C results
Ida Sargent               Discretion     Historic 10 km C results

Ulricehamn 10/15 km F

Men
Ben Lustgarten       Objective        SuperTour Leader
Erik Bjornsen          Discretion     42nd Distance World Cup. Sick at Tour de Ski.
Kyle Bratrud            Discretion     U.S. National Champ 15 km C
David Norris            Discretion     U.S. National Champ 30 km F
Simi Hamilton        Discretion     Top USA Finisher Toblach 15 km F, Historic 15 km F results
Scott Patterson       Discretion      Historic Distance Results

Women
Julia Kern               Objective        SuperTour Leader
Jessie Diggins        Objective        5th World Cup Distance Standings
Sadie Bjornsen       Objective       12th World Cup Distance Standings
Rosie Brennan       Objective        20th World Cup Distance Standings
Caitlin Patterson   Discretion      U.S. National Champ 20 km F
Sophie Caldwell     Discretion     36th Toblach WC 10 km F, Historic 10 km C results
Rosie Frankowski  Discretion     2nd place U.S. Nationals 20 km F

The above discretionary selections were nominated by a 15-person working group that includes 10 of our top club coaches, a U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete representative, and four U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself. The nominations were then approved by a discretionary selection review group comprised of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Program Manager, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport, and an athlete representative who is a member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board.

The above discretionary selection process will be repeated for each period of World Cup this season, with the next selection for Period 4 coming in late January.

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

Tour de Ski & Dresden Nominations

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for the Tour de Ski and the Dresden, GER World Cup.

Tour de Ski

Men
Ben Lustgarten – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton – Objective – Top-20 (19th) World Cup Sprint
Erik Bjornsen – Objective – 30th World Cup Distance
Scott Patterson – Discretion – Past distance skate results. Tour is skate heavy (5 of 7 stages).
Kevin Bolger – Discretion – 31st in Davos Sprint F. 2 skate sprints in Tour.
Andy Newell – Discretion – Dominant sprint qualifiers in Yellowstone and Silver Star.
Kyle Bratrud – Discretion – Silver Star 15 km C winner.

Women
Julia Kern – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell – Objective – Top-20 (6th) World Cup Sprint
Sadie Bjornsen – Objective – Top-20 (8th) World Cup Sprint, 13th World Cup Distance
Jessie Diggins – Objective – 8th World Cup Distance
Rosie Brennan – Objective – 11th World Cup Distance
Caitlin Patterson – Discretion – 30th place Lillehammer 10 km F. Tour is skate heavy (5 of 7 stages).
Rosie Frankowski – Discretion – Yellowstone 10 km F winner. Tour is skate heavy (5 of 7 stages).

Note that most of the above discretionary nominations are being turned-down by athletes who are planning on racing at Craftsbury U.S. Nationals rather than the Tour de Ski.

Dresden GER Sprint World Cup

Men
Ben Lustgarten – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton – Objective – Currently 19th World Cup Sprint. Likely to qualify objectively post TdS.
Erik Bjornsen – Discretion – Past Team Sprint F results.
Kevin Bolger – Discretion – 31st in Davos Sprint F.
Andy Newell – Discretion – Dominant sprint qualifiers in Yellowstone and Silver Star.
TBD – Discretion – Best Sprint F qualifier from US Nationals.

Women
Julia Kern – Objective – SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell – Objective – Currently 6th World Cup Sprint. Likely to qualify objectively post TdS.
Ida Sargent – Discretion – Past Sprint F and Team Sprint F results
TBD – Discretion – Best Sprint F qualifier from US Nationals.
Hailey Swirbul – Discretion – 2nd qualifier Silver Start Sprint F. Possible prep for U23 World Champs.
Hannah Halvorsen – Discretion – 3rd qualifier Silver Start Sprint F. Possible prep for U23 World Champs.

The above discretionary selections were nominated by a 15-person working group that includes 10 of our top club coaches, a U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete representative, and four U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself. The nominations were then approved by a discretionary selection review group comprised of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Program Manager, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport, and an athlete representative who is a member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board.

The above discretionary selection process will be repeated for each period of World Cup this season, with the next selection for Period 3 coming after US Nationals.

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

2018-19 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, (Nov. 24 – Dec. 16, 2018).

Men
Simi Hamilton                              Objective              40th Overall WC 2017-18, 17th Sprint WC 2017-18
Erik Bjornsen                                Objective              50th Overall WC 2017-18
David Norris                                  Objective              Overall SuperTour Leader 2017-18
Scott Patterson                             Discretion             Distance
Paddy Caldwell                             Discretion             Distance
Ben Lustgarten                             Discretion             Distance
Adam Martin                                Discretion             Distance
Kevin Bolger                                 Discretion             Sprint
Logan Hanneman                       Discretion             Ruka Sprint C only
Ben Saxton                                   Discretion             Ruka Sprint C only

Women
Jessie Diggins                              Objective              2nd Overall WC 2017-18, 3rd Dist. WC, 6th Sprint WC
Sadie Bjornsen                            Objective              6th Overall WC 2017-18, 10th Dist. WC, 8th Sprint WC
Sophie Caldwell                           Objective              19th Overall WC 2017-18, 3rd Sprint WC
Ida Sargent                                   Objective              23rd Sprint WC 2017-18
Kaitlynn Miller                            Objective              Overall SuperTour Leader 2017-18
Rosie Brennan                             Discretion             Distance and Sprint
Caitlin Patterson                         Discretion             Distance
Kelsey Phinney                            Discretion             Sprint
Rosie Frankowski                       Discretion             Distance alternate

The above discretionary selections were nominated by a 14-person working group that includes 9 of our top club coaches, a U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete representative, and 4 U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself. The nominations were then approved by a discretionary selection review group comprised of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Program Manager, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport, and a athlete representative who is a member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board.

The newly approved World Cup Selection Criteria can be found here:

https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sites/default/files/files-resources/files/2018/XC%20World%20Cup%20Criteria%2018-19%20-%208-27-18.pdf

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. 16, 2018.

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

2019 World Championships Selection Criteria

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to introduce our 2019 World Championships selection criteria. This criteria is the creation of a 14-person working group that includes 9 of our top club coaches, a U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete representative, and 4 U.S. Ski Team coaches. After the working group’s completion of the criteria, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Committee has also reviewed, questioned, and added to the document before voting to approve the criteria.

The criteria can be found here:
https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sites/default/files/files-resources/files/2018/Cross%20Country%20World%20Championships%20Criteria%202019%20-%208-29-18.pdf

The goal of the criteria is to make sure that the USA has the fastest athletes with the best potential for medals and additional top finishes toeing the line in Seefeld, AUT this coming February. As always, our challenge remains how to most effectively select athletes from two separate and simultanerous competition series: the World Cup in Europe and the SuperTour in North America. We feel that this criteria provides the best solutions for selecting these athletes, and I am grateful for the contributions of so many athletes, coaches, and sport leaders in this extensive process.

Here are some of the important new features of this criteria:

• The World Cup distance selection will close on January 5, 2019 and will not include the Final Climb Tour de Ski stage.
• Language has been added to strengthen the 5-sprinter-max rule; specifically, a World Cup athlete that qualifies for WSC via both the distance and sprint World Cup standings counts towards the cap of 5 sprinters per sex.
• The selection of athletes from SuperTour is now considered as part of Phase 2 Discretionary Selection. This is perhaps the most significant change in the criteria. The idea behind this change is to allow the staff and the discretionary selection review group to select athletes from domestic competition via “pools” (i.e. distance men, sprint men, distance women, sprint women) as needed to fill specific starts at the World Championships.
• We have included language concerning approximate World Championships team size (i.e. 16 men and women total). This language is intended to let the community know that we plan on filling our starts with the best possible athletes at the Championships and that we do not plan on selecting athletes that will not start. We are not limited to selecting 16 athletes; the team could be smaller or bigger. We simply want the community to understand that the focus of the USA team at the Championships will be excellence, including bringing home medals.
• We have also included language concerning discretionary athlete selections that focus on athletes with a world rank of 120 or better. Again, this language is intended to alert the community as to the caliber of athletes who we believe are prepared to be successful at the event, but it does not prevent us from selecting athletes with a world rank of greater than 120 who are clearly skiing fast and are needed to fill starts.
• We have created a mechanism by which athletes may petition directly to the Selection Committee to be considered for discretionary selection.
• We have also outlined appeal and grievance proceedures and added the direct contact of the USOC athlete ombudsman.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be further discussing this criteria, as well as the recently published 2019-20 U.S. Ski Team criteria, in a possible podcast or article on FasterSkier. Our hope is to effectively communicate all of the aspects of these new criteria with the community, to explain the rationale behind changes and to answer any questions. In the meantime, if there are athletes, coaches, or parents with questions or concerns about this or any other criteria, please feel free to contact me directly.

Sincerely, Chris

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

Updated 2018-19 World Cup Selection Criteria

Dear Cross Country Community,

At the suggestion of the US Ski & Snowboard XC Sport Committee, we have added the following language to this season’s World Cup selection criteria in reference to appeal and grievance procedures:

U.S. Ski & Snowboard provides an equal opportunity to amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials to participate in amateur athletic competition, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, or national origin, and with fair notice and opportunity for a hearing before declaring any such individual ineligible to participate.

And:

U.S. SKI & SNOWBOARD APPEAL AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

Any member who believes that he/she has wrongfully been denied membership on any team whose members are selected through participation in “protected competition,” as that term is defined in the USOC Bylaws, shall be entitled to appeal such decision.
The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Grievance Procedures can be found within section IX of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard bylaws found at: usskiandsnowboard.org

ATHLETE OMBUDSMAN

Athletes who have questions regarding their opportunity to compete that are not answered by U.S. Ski & Snowboard may contact the USOC Athlete Ombudsman, Kacie Wallace, by:
• Telephone at (719) 866-5000
• Toll-free telephone at (888) ATHLETE (1-888-284-5383)
• E-mail at Kacie.wallace@usoc.org
• www.athleteombudsman.org
• http://www.teamusa.org/For-Athletes/Athlete-Ombudsman.aspx

The complete updated criteria can be found here:

https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sites/default/files/files-resources/files/2018/XC%20World%20Cup%20Criteria%2018-19%20-%208-27-18.pdf

Thanks to the XC Sport Committee for their careful consideration and their work to strengthen this criteria.

As always, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you might have.

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