Note: This is the third preview in a quick-and-dirty series on U.S. elite teams. We asked coaches to send their 2012/2013 rosters and tell us what’s new for the coming season. We will be publishing additional reports over the next few weeks. Teams are presented in no particular order.
Team: Maine Winter Sports Center Olympic Development Teams
Coaches: Will Sweetser (cross-country), Seth Hubbard (biathlon), Amber Dodge (development), TBD (wax tech, intern)
Cross-country: Kris Freeman (U.S. Ski Team), Welly Ramsey, Hilary McNamee, Nick Michaud (collegiate summer)
Biathlon: Russell Currier (US Biathlon), Annelies Cook (US Biathlon), Katrina Howe
Who’s new: Freeman and Cook (see related story) and, more back than new, Michaud
Who’s missing: According to Sweetser, Mike Lessard and BethAnn Chamberlain are focusing on careers outside of nordic racing. Fred Bailey moved back to western Maine and will continue to race with MWSC, while transitioning to coaching.
Top results last season:
Currier notched sixth at the IBU World Cup 10 k sprint in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, placed sixth at the Kontiolathi IBU World Cup Sprint, and was seventh in the 50 k at cross-country U.S. Distance Nationals.
Ramsey placed 14th in both the 30 k and classic sprint at U.S. nationals, and was 12th and 14th at the West Yellowstone SuperTours.
McNamee finished fourth in the classic sprint at the Madison SuperTour and 18th in the classic sprint at U.S. nationals.
Another classic sprinter, Michaud made the Junior Nationals podium a month before he turned 20, placing third in the OJ sprint. At U.S. nationals, he was 26th in the classic sprint.
Coach’s comment: “Three national team athletes and three more national level athletes working across the state of Maine with hundreds of kids,” Sweetser wrote in an email. “You can literally feel the synergy.”