Also on Thursday, USA Nordic Sport, the organization behind U.S. nordic combined and ski jumping, announced its nominations for all of its 2018/2019 national teams.
The nordic-combined team includes six men and for the first time, a woman, with Tara Geraghty-Moats on the 2018 Women’s Nordic Combined National “C” Team. (Geraghty-Moats is also a member of USA Nordic’s Women’s Ski Jumping “C” Team.)
On the men’s Nordic Combined National Team, 2018 Olympian and Junior World Championships bronze medalist Ben Loomis stands as the lone A-team member following Bryan Fletcher’s retirement. The B-team includes team veteran Taylor Fletcher, Jasper Good and Stephen Schumann, while Grant Andrews and Jared Shumate were nominated to the C-team.
“We are excited about our continued expansion of our teams and with the exciting development of Women’s Nordic Combined including confirmation of the event in the 2021 World Championships!” USA Nordic Executive Director Bill Demong said in the press release. “Tara Geraughty-Moats continues to be one of our top talents in the sport and, though she was unable to compete in any Nordic Combined competitions last year due to injury, USA Nordic recognizes the importance of growing our sports and developing athletes who have the ability to push the envelope and we are excited to lead growth and opportunity in this new discipline of Womens Nordic Combined.”
USA Nordic 2018/2019 Men’s Nordic Combined National Team
(Name, age, hometown)
Ben Loomis, 19 (Eau Claire, WI)
Taylor Fletcher, 28 (Steamboat Springs, CO)
Jasper Good, 22 (Steamboat Springs, CO)
Stephen Schumann, 18 (Park City, UT)
Grant Andrews, 20 (Steamboat Springs, CO)
Jared Shumate, 18 (Park City, UT)
Women’s Nordic Combined National Team
Tara Geraghty-Moats (West Fairlee, VT)