US Tour de Ski 2022-23 Nominations

Chris GroverDecember 21, 2022

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 2 of the 2022-23 season:

Tour de Ski 2022-23

Men

  • Finn O’Connell Objective          SuperTour Leader
  • Ben Ogden                         Objective          8th World Cup Sprint, 12th Overall World Cup
  • JC Schoonmaker Objective          19th World Cup Sprint
  • Gus Schumacher Objective          29th World Cup Distance
  • Hunter Wonders Objective          35th World Cup Distance
  • Scott Patterson Discretion         14th Ruka 20 km F Pursuit
  • Zak Ketterson Discretion         26th Lillehammer 10 km F
  • Johnny Hagenbuch Discretion         SuperTour Results
  • Kevin Bolger                         Alternate          24th Davos Sprint F
  • Luke Jager Alternate          25th Lillehammer Sprint F
Zak Ketterson races the freestyle sprint qualifier in Lenzerheide, SUI, the first event of the 2021/22 Tour de Ski. (Photo: NordicFocus)

Women

  • Hailey Swirbul                         Objective          SuperTour Leader
  • Jessie Diggins Objective          4th World Cup Sprint, 2nd Overall World Cup
  • Julia Kern Objective          6th World Cup Sprint
  • Rosie Brennan Objective          20th World Cup Sprint, 12th Overall World Cup
  • Sophia Laukli Objective          28th World Cup Distance
  • Alayna Sonnesyn Objective          42nd Overall World Cup
  • Novie McCabe Discretion         25th Ruka 20 km F Pursuit
  • Sydney Palmer-Leger Discretion         SuperTour Results
Jessie Diggins skis to 13th in the 10-kilometer mass start classic in Val di Fiemme, ITA during the 2021/22 Tour de Ski. (Photo: NordicFocus)

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

  • James Southam                         Athlete Rep
  • Ida Sargent Athlete Rep
  • Cami Thompson-Graves Senior Club Coach
  • Leo Hipp Senior Club Coach
  • Andy Newell Senior Club Coach
  • Erik Flora Senior Club Coach
  • Pepa Miloucheva Senior Club Coach
  • Perry Thomas Senior Club Coach
  • Chris Mallory Senior Club Coach
  • Dan Weiland Senior Club Coach
  • Dragan Danevski Senior Club Coach
  • Chris Grover USST
  • Matt Whitcomb USST
  • Jason Cork USST
  • Kristen Bourne USST

 

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

  • Kelsey Phinney                         S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep
  • Anouk Patty                                     S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport
  • Bryan Fish             S. Ski & Snowboard Development Director

 

The Working Group has nominated 8 athletes for women, 8 athletes for men, and 2 alternates for men based on those alternates’ World Cup performance.  The Working Group decided not to nominate additional athletes for the Tour de Ski due to the logistic, support demand, and health concerns surrounding the Tour, as well as to create a balanced and fair selection platform at the U.S. Nationals in Houghton, where athletes currently performing at comparable levels can demonstrate their abilities.

The above discretionary selection process will be repeated for each period of World Cup this 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

FIS World Cup start in Val di Fiemme in March, 2022. (Photo: Nordic Focus).
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