RacingUS Ski TeamWorld CupPeriod One World Cup Team for U.S. Ski Team

Chris Grover Chris GroverJune 24, 2021

Dear Cross Country Community,

 

2022-23 U.S. Ski Team Selection Criterion

Please find the selection criterion for the 2022-2023 U.S. Ski Team here:

https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sites/default/files/files-resources/files/2021/2023%20USST%20Selection%20-%20FINAL.pdf

Due to the pandemic, the FIS has decided to calculate FIS points lists this coming season that include performances dating back to July of 2019.  Because these lists will include 3 seasons of an athlete’s races by the time we get to the Spring of 2022, and those races may not be representative of an athlete’s current performance capabilities, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Competition Services Department and the Cross Country Staff will run its own single-season FIS points list for the 21-22 season this coming spring, and it will be used for the sole purpose of identifying athletes’ World Rank to reflect the original intent of this 2022-23 U.S. Ski Team selection criterion.

 

2021-22 World Cup Selection Criterion

Now that the 21-22 World Cup calendar and SuperTour calendar are finalized, you can find the 2021-22 World Cup Selection Criterion here:

https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sport-programs/criteria/cross-country-world-cup-criteria

 

2021 World Cup Period 1 Nominations

We are pleased to announce the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 1 of the 2021-22 season.  Given that we had no national race calendar in 2020-21, no SuperTour or U.S. National Championships, and very few opportunities for head-to-hear racing, the discretionary selections were incredibly difficult for the Working Group.  This challenge was compounded by the lack of available FIS racing in some regions, Covid travel restrictions, fewer international competition opportunities (no available Europa Cup, etc.), and a non-representative FIS points list that stretched back two seasons.  As a Working Group, we want the community to know that the discretionary decisions made here were not made without hours of considerable debate and anxiety about how to fairly select athletes.  There is no getting away from the crude subjectivity of these selections, and all we can say is that we’ve done our absolute best under challenging circumstances.  We are sincerely relieved to be returning to head-to-head racing on the SuperTour this coming season.

 

Ruka Sprint C 

Men

Ben Ogden                                Discretion         SuperTour Leader, 17th WSC Sprint C

Kevin Bolger                             Objective          16th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

Logan Hanneman                      Objective          29th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

JC Schoonmaker                        Objective          35th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

Luke Jager                                Discretion         31st Falun World Cup Sprint C

Gus Schumacher                       Discretion         2 x Top-30 WC Sprint 2020-21

 

Women

Novie McCabe                          Discretion         SuperTour Leader, Historic Sprint Results

Jessie Diggins                            Objective          Overall 2020-21 World Cup Winner

Rosie Brennan                          Objective          9th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

Julia Kern                                  Objective          20th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

Hailey Swirbul                           Objective          30th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

Hannah Halvorsen                     Discretion         16 World Cup Sprint Points 2020-21

Sydney Palmer-Leger                 Discretion         Historic Sprint Results

Katharine Ogden                       Discretion         Historic Sprint Results

Alayna Sonnesyn (alt.)               Discretion         Historic Sprint Results

 

Ruka 10/10 km & 15/15 km Pursuits, Lillehammer 15/30 km Skiathlons, Davos 10/15 km F

Men

Ben Ogden                                Discretion         SuperTour Leader, Historic Distance Results

Gus Schumacher                       Objective          25th 2020-21 World Cup Distance

Scott Patterson                         Discretion         55 World Cup Points 2020-21

David Norris                              Discretion         5 World Cup Points 2020-21

Hunter Wonders                       Discretion         Historic Distance Results

Zanden McMullen                     Discretion         5th 2021 World Junior 10 km F

Adam Martin (alt.)                    Discretion         Historic Distance Results

 

Women

Novie McCabe                          Discretion         SuperTour Leader, Historic Distance Results

Jessie Diggins                            Objective          Overall 2020-21 World Cup Winner

Rosie Brennan                          Objective          4th 2020-21 World Cup Distance

Hailey Swirbul                           Objective          21st 2020-21 World Cup Distance

Katharine Ogden                       Objective          46th 2020-21 World Cup Distance

Caitlin Patterson                       Discretion         11 World Cup Points 2020-21

Sophia Laukli                            Discretion         3 x Top-30 Oberstdorf WSC

Julia Kern                                  Discretion         6 World Cup Points 2020-21

Sydney Palmer-Leger (alt.)         Discretion         Historic Distance Results

Rosie Frankowski (alt.)              Discretion         Historic Distance Results

 

Lillehammer Sprint F, Davos Sprint F, Dresden Sprint F

Men

Ben Ogden                                Discretion         SuperTour Leader, 17th WSC Sprint C

Kevin Bolger                             Objective          16th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

Logan Hanneman                      Objective          29th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

JC Schoonmaker                        Objective          35th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

Gus Schumacher                       Discretion         2 x Top-30 WC Sprint 2020-21

Luke Jager                                Discretion         31st Falun World Cup Sprint C

 

Women

Novie McCabe                          Discretion         SuperTour Leader, Historic Sprint Results

Jessie Diggins                            Objective          Overall 2020-21 World Cup Winner

Rosie Brennan                          Objective          9th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

Julia Kern                                  Objective          20th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

Hailey Swirbul                           Objective          30th 2020-21 World Cup Sprint

Hannah Halvorsen                     Discretion         16 World Cup Sprint Points 2020-21

Sydney Palmer-Leger                 Discretion         Historic Sprint Results

Katharine Ogden                       Discretion         Historic Sprint Results

Alayna Sonnesyn (alt.)               Discretion         Historic Sprint Results

 

The above discretionary selections were nominated by a 15-person working group that includes:

Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess       U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep.

Ida Sargent                               Athlete Rep.

Cami Thompson-Graves            U.S. Ski & Snowboard XC Sport Committee Chair / Dartmouth College

Andy Newell                             BSF

Dragan Danevski                       MEA

Erik Flora                                  APU

Joe Haggenmiller                      CXC

Chris Mallory                            SVSEF

Pepa Miloucheva                      CGRP

Pat O’Brien                               SMS

Dan Weiland                             SSCV

Kate Johnson                            U.S. Ski Team

Jason Cork                                U.S. Ski Team

Matt Whitcomb                        U.S. Ski Team

Chris Grover                             U.S. Ski Team

 

The nominations were then approved by a discretionary selection review group comprised of:

Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess       U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep

Tiger Shaw                                U.S. Ski & Snowboard CEO

Bryan Fish                                 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sport Development Manager

 

The above discretionary selection process will be repeated for each period of World Cup this coming season.  As always, if you have questions or concerns about this process, feel free to contact me directly.

 

Sincerely,

 

Chris Grover

Cross Country Program Director, U.S. Ski Team

chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

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