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Cross Country World Cup Criteria

Cross Country World Cup Criteria

The FIS Cross Country World Cup, presented by Viessmann, is the top international circuit for cross country competition.

For Cross Country World Cup Criteria, please refer to the Resources Section.

Dear Cross Country Community,

SuperTour COC Leader and Discretionary Nomination Selection Dates


Now that the autumn FIS Cross Country Committee meetings are over, and we have confirmed the World Cup calendar for 2020-21, you can find all finalized selection criteria for World Cup, the Oberstdorf Nordic World Championships, the World Junior and U23 World Champs, the U18 Nordic Nations Championships, etc. here:


With the cancellation of the USA SuperTour Continental Cup Series for 2020-21, the FIS Cross Country Committee has granted us the special ability to use coaches’ discretion to select a man and a woman from domestic racing to World Cup Periods 3, 4, and 5.  The Coaches’ Discretion Working Group, which normally makes discretionary World Cup nominations, will also nominate these athletes on the following dates:


  • World Cup Period 2 – Tour de Ski (Jan. 1-10, 2021). 
    • Selection date: Monday Dec. 14, 2020. 
    • Discretionary Nominations only.  The COC leaders have already been determined by FIS, and are the same WC Period 1 COC leaders (Miller & Schumacher).
  • World Cup Period 3 – SWE, FIN, SWE (Jan. 16 – Feb. 7, 2021). 
    • Selection date: Monday January 4, 2021. 
    • COC leaders and Discretionary Nominations.
  • WC Period 4 – Nove Mesto (Feb. 20-21) & WC Period 5 – Oslo + Beijing (Mar. 12-21).
    • Selection date: Monday February 1, 2021. 
    • COC leaders and Discretionary Nominations.
    • This selection comes early to allow athletes time to secure Chinese visas and to plan for complicated logistics. 
    • We will leave some discretionary nominations to the Holmenkollen 30/50 open (if available) until February 28, 2021 to include the American Birkie in the period.


Note: the timeframe of some or all selection may have to come earlier to accommodate gathering the necessary permissions to gain direct access to some European nations this winter.  We will keep the community posted. 


As always, please feel free to reach out if you have questions. 


Chris Grover

Cross Country Program Director

(435) 640-8545


World Cup Period 2

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 2 of the 2020-21 season:

Tour de Ski 2021


  • Gus Schumacher, Objective, Overall 19-20 SuperTour Leader
  • Simi Hamilton, Objective, 8th WC Sprint
  • Kevin Bolger, Objective, 9th WC Sprint
  • Logan Hanneman, Objective, 11th WC Sprint
  • JC Schoonmaker, Objective, 21st WC Sprint
  • Scott Patterson, Objective, 28th WC Distance
  • David Norris, Discretion, Historic World Cup Results


  • Kaitlynn Miller, Objective, Overall 19-20 SuperTour Leader
  • Rosie Brennan, Objective, 1st WC Distance, 5th WC Sprint
  • Sophie Caldwell Hamilton, Objective, 3rd WC Sprint
  • Jessie Diggins, Objective, 8th WC Distance, 8th WC Sprint
  • Hailey Swirbul, Objective, 11th WC Distance
  • Julia Kern, Objective, 14th WC Sprint
  • Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, Discretion, Historic Tour de Ski Podium Ability
  • Katharine Ogden, Discretion, 9 WC Distance Points 2020-21
  • Caitlin Patterson, Discretion, 5 WC Distance Points 2020-21

Please note that we purposefully did not nominate alternates to the Tour de Ski team this year, as the U.S. Cross Country staff is concerned that a larger team might be harder to keep healthy given the unique nature of the Tour (i.e. two countries, 3 venues, and 8 competitions in 10 days), and our priority remains keeping all athletes and staff healthy during the pandemic.  

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

  • Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep
  • Tad Elliott, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep
  • Cami Thompson-Graves, U.S. Ski & Snowboard XC Sport Committee Chair / Dartmouth College
  • Austin Caldwell, CU
  • Dragan Danevski, MEA
  • Erik Flora, APU
  • Joe Haggenmiller, CXC
  • Chris Mallory, SVSEF
  • Pepa Miloucheva, CGRP
  • Pat O’Brien, SMS
  • Dan Weiland, SSCV
  • Bernie Nelson, 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.


Chris Grover
Cross Country Program Director, U.S. Ski Team