US World Junior/U23 Championship and Scandinavian Cup Teams Announced

FasterSkierJanuary 8, 2009

Anchorage, AK — After a frustrating cold snap that forced organizers to cancel ConocoPhillips U.S. National Cross-Country Ski Championship races on four of five days, the United States Ski Association named 33 athletes to the World Junior Championships, Under-23 Championships and Scandinavian Cup teams at Kincaid Chalet yesterday. These athletes will compete in various races around Europe during the next six weeks.

This winter has been a tough one for elite cross-country racers. Two of three USSA Super Tour events held in November and December in the Lower 48 were canceled due to a lack of snow. Those races, combined with results from this week’s U.S. Nationals, were meant to be used in picking team members. As the temperatures in Anchorage continued to stay below the minus four limit, hopes of salvaging the first half of the racing season faded.

Many Western states collegiate skiers who have been waiting to compete will finally get their chance this weekend. Forecasters predict temperatures in Southcentral will warm up just in time for the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association’s Seawolf Invitational, hosted by the UAA
Ski Team. Cross-country races for the Seawolf Invitational are scheduled for Friday through Sunday, January 9-11 at Kincaid Park.

World Junior and Under-23 Cross-Country Championships will be held in Paz de Lys Sammand, FRA January 28-February 6, 2009.

Jr. Women		Hometown		Team
Becca Rorabaugh		Fairbanks, AK		APU
Sophie Caldwell		Peru, VT		Dartmouth
Jessie Diggins		Afton, MN		CXC
Sadie Bjornsen		Winthrop, WA		UAA
Adele Espy		Freeport, ME		Maine Coast Nordic
Jr. Men			Hometown		Team
Noah Hoffman, 		Aspen, CO		USST/Sun Valley Ski Edu. Foundation (SVSEF)
Lex Treinen		Anchorage, AK		UAA
Patrick Johnson		Anchorage, AK		Middlebury
George Cartwright	Lander, WY		Lander Nordic
Erik Bjornsen		Winthrop, WA		Methow Valley Nordic
U-23 Women		Hometown		Team
Elizabeth Stephen	East Montpelier, VT	USST/Burke
Alexa Turzien		Ketchum, ID		USST/SVSEF
Morgan Arritola 	Ketchum, ID		USST/SVSEF
Rosie Brennan 		Park City, UT		USST/Dartmouth
Morgan Smyth 		Vernon, VT		USST/NMU
Tazlina Mannix 		Talkeetna, AK		USST/APU
U-23 Men		Hometown		Team
Karl Nygren 		Minneapolis, MN		U. Colorado
Tad Elliott 		Durango, CO		Saab/Salomon Factory Team
Simi Hamilton		Aspen, CO		Middlebury
Max Treinen		Anchorage, AK		UAA
Matthew Gelso 		Truckee, CA		USST/CU

Scandinavian Cup events will be held in Latvia, Estonia and Sweden
from February 5-15, 2009.

Scandinavian Cup Women	Hometown		Team
Amy Glen		Anchorage, AK		UAA
Monica Markvardsen	Rossland, BC		Black Jack
Katie Gill 		Bozeman, MT		Bridger Ski Foundation
Elizabeth Guiney 	Park City, UT		Park City  Nordic
Aliciarose Pastore      Durango, CO		Durango Nordic
Libby Ellis 		Minneapolis, MN		CXC/Go Training
Scandinavian Cup Men	Hometown		Team
Maxwell Durtschi 	Sun Valley, ID		SVSEF
Andrew Dougherty 	Anchorage, AK		Alaska Winter Stars
Scott Patterson		Anchorage, AK		Alaska Winter Stars
Scott Lacy		Aspen, CO		Aspen Valley SSC
Tyler Kornfield 	Anchorage, AK		Alaska Winter Stars
Nicholas Michaud 	Ft. Kent, ME		MWSC


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