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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

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