AUBURN, N.H. — Fischer Skis announced today that seven of the fourteen athletes selected to the 2011 U.S. Cross Country World Championship team choose to compete on Fischer Skis. The seven Fischer skiers competing in Oslo, Norway, at the famed Holmenkollen venue will be led by Kikkan Randall, the 2009 World Championship Silver Medalist. Randall, who just scored her second World Cup victory last week in the freestyle sprint in Liberec, Czech Republic, is joined by U.S. Ski Team veterans and long-time Fischer Ski athletes Andy Newell and Kris Freeman. All three are medal contenders in their respective events at the championships which start on February 24, 2011, and end on March 6.
Joining Kikkan, Andy and Kris are fellow professional Fischer Ski athletes Morgan Arritola, Simi Hamilton, Lars Flora
and Sadie Bjornsen. Morgan, Simi and Lars all have major international championship experience. Sadie will compete for the first time in a World Championship event at a senior level. This blend of veteran experience and leadership combined with younger, up-and-coming talent is an ideal mix for the 2011 U.S. World Championship team.
“We are very excited for the Fischer athletes chosen to race in Oslo,” said Chris Hall, Nordic racing director, Fischer Skis U.S. “Fischer takes great pride in supporting these athletes who put in many hundreds of hours in training each year pursuing their dreams and goals of international success.”
The seven Fischer athletes competing on the 2011 U.S. World Championship team include the following.
Andy Newell, Shaftsbury, VT, Stratton Mountain School
Kris Freeman, Andover, NH, Andover Outing Club
Lars Flora, Anchorage, AK, Alaska Pacific University
Simi Hamilton, Aspen, CO, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation
Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, AK, Alaska Pacific University
Morgan Arritola, Fairfield, ID, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation
Sadie Bjornsen, Methow, WA, Alaska Pacific University
2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Cross Country Schedule taking place at Holmenkollen Ski Stadium, Oslo, Norway:
Thursday, Feb. 24, Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Sprint
Saturday, Feb. 26, Women’s 15km Pursuit
Sunday, Feb. 27, Men’s 30km Pursuit
Monday, Feb. 28, Women’s 10km Classic
Tuesday, Mar. 1, Men’s 15km Classic
Wednesday, Mar. 2, Men’s and Women’s Team Classic Sprint
Thursday, Mar. 3, Women’s 4x5km Relay
Friday, Mar. 4, Men’s 4x10km Relay
Saturday, Mar. 5, Women’s 30km Freestyle
Sunday, Mar. 6, Men’s 50km Freestyle