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Seven U.S. Nordic Ski Team Athletes Make 2014 Olympic Team

The U.S. Ski Team has made their initial picks for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

On Monday, the Anchorage Daily News reported that the first round of picks include Kikkan Randall, Liz Stephen, Holly Brooks, Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell, Jessie Diggins and Noah Hoffman.

The U.S. Ski Team coaches will likely add more names to the roster as the Olympic games draw closer, with official nominations being released Jan. 21-22, according to USSA Communications Director Margo Christiansen.

“There are a number of athletes who have achieved selection criteria levels in international rankings, such as Kikkan, Holly and Sadie,” Christiansen wrote in an email. “However we have not named or even nominated anyone yet for the Olympic team.”

In an email, Hoffman explained: “The first objective qualification criteria for the Olympics is top-50 on the Distance or Sprint Year-to-Date World Cup Ranking List as of next Sunday, January 12th. Because there are no distance races next weekend, the distance list is now final. I am sitting 31st on the list, so I am very happy to be qualified for my first Olympic Games! I am the only male athlete who meets the distance qualification standard. The women who have met that standard include Kikkan, Liz, Jessie, Sadie, Sophie and Holly.”

While the U.S. could have as many as 20 athletes compete in the cross country competition, it is unlikely that the U.S. will fill its quota completely.

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