With just several days before the first-ever National Training Group camp in Park City, USSA has released a list of participants, including many of the top young skiers in the country.
The group is led by Ida Sargent, currently attending Dartmouth College and a member of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. With a strong season, Sargent established herself as arguably the second-best female sprinter in the US behind only Kikkan Randall. She placed an impressive 4th in the U23 Championship sprint in Hinterzarten, Germany, and was the runner-up to Randall in the classic sprint at the SuperTour finals.
She is joined by newly minted Alaska Pacific University (APU) skier Sadie Bjornsen, who also performed well internationally, racing at World Juniors and in a number of European Continental Cup events.
Former US Ski Team (USST) members, Rosie Brennan and Alexa Turzian will also be in attendance.
On the mens side, the charismatic Tad Elliott heads an impressive group that also includes another former USST athlete Matt Gelso, and Alaskan up-and-comers David Norris and Reese Hanneman.
19 of the 25 participants are either currently enrolled in college, graduated this spring, or will be starting their freshman year in the fall. One other skier graduated a year ago. Dartmouth College is impressively represented with seven athletes attending the camp. The University of Colorado is sending four past or current skiers.
United States World Cup sprint star Andy Newell will attend a some of the camp workouts, and will also participate in the sprint time trial.
2010-11 Cross Country National Training Group
Ida Sargent, Craftsbury Green Team, Dartmouth College
Sadie Bjornsen, Methow Olympic Development Team / APU
Rosie Brennan, NSF / Dartmouth College
Alexa Turzian, SVSEF / CU
Becca Rorabaugh, APU
Caitlin Patterson, Alaska Winter Stars / UVM
Sophie Caldwell, SMS / Dartmouth College
Joanne Reid, Auburn Ski Club / CU
Kate Dolan, BSF / DU
Annie Hart, Minneapolis Ski Club / Dartmouth College
Jessie Diggins, CXC
Isabel Caldwell, SMS / Dartmouth
Tad Elliot, Durango Nordic / CXC
Matt Gelso, Auburn Ski Club / CU
Sylvan Ellefson, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
Reid Pletcher, SVSEF, CU
Pat Johnson, Alaska Winter Stars, Middlebury College
Reese Hannemann, FAST / APU
David Norris, FAST / UAF
Scott Patterson, Alaska Winter Stars / UVM
Sam Tarling, BMA / Dartmouth College
Andrew Dougherty, Alaska Winter Stars / DU
Eric Packer, Alaska Winter Stars / Dartmouth College
Tyler Kornfield, Alaska Winter Stars / UAF
Erik Bjornsen, Methow Olympic Development Team
Topher Sabot is the editor of FasterSkier.