According to a press release from the US Ski Team, US skiers will participate in World Cup races this weekend in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
Justin Wadsworth (Bend, OR) was 22nd in a race in Davos, Switzerland, in mid-December while the Ski Team trained and raced in the USA and Canada; he missed the Chevy Truck U.S. Cross Country Championships in Rumford, Maine, because he was sick but he's back to health and ready to race again. After the championships concluded last weekend, the team flew to Europe Monday.
“The men are at a very high level now,” Head Coach Trond Nystad said. “It will be good to start racing on the World Cup.”
Wadsworth will be joined Saturday in the 15-km freestyle race by Carl Swenson (Conway,NH), who won all three skating races at the championships, and Andrew Johnson (Greensboro, VT). Wendy Wagner (Park City, UT) is expected to ski in the women's 10-km FR while Kris Freeman (Andover, NH), who won both of the men's classic technique title races, will make his return Jan. 25 in the 15-km CL mass start in Oberhof, Germany.
These races will be used to help prepare the US Skiers for the World Championships in Italy starting on Feb 18.