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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.

World Cup Discretionary Nomination Selection Dates

Dear Cross Country Community,

You can find all finalized selection criteria for World Cup, the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, the World Junior and U23 World Champs, the U18 Nordic Nations Championships, etc. here:

The World Cup Coaches’ Discretion Working Group, which makes discretionary World Cup nominations, will nominate athletes to World Cup Periods 2-4 on the following dates:

  • World Cup Period 2 – Tour de Ski (Dec. 28, 2021 – Jan. 4, 2022
    • Selection date: Monday Dec. 13, 2021 
    • Some quota spots may need to be left open for those who make the objective World Cup standard in Dresden after the above selection date. 
  • World Cup Period 3 – FRA, SLO (Jan. 14-23, 2022
    • Selection date: Saturday January 8, 2022 
  • WC Period 4 – FIN, NOR, SWE, RUS (Feb. 26 – Mar. 20, 2022)
    • Selection date: Monday February 7, 2022 
    • This selection comes early to allow athletes time to secure Russian visas and to plan for complicated logistics. 

Note: the timeframe of some selections may be pushed earlier to accommodate gathering the necessary permissions for access to some European nations this winter during the ongoing pandemic.  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 2021-22 season:

Tour de Ski 2021-22


  • Zak Ketterson, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • JC Schoonmaker, Objective, 10th World Cup Sprint
  • Ben Ogden, Objective, 22nd World Cup Sprint
  • Kevin Bolger, Objective, 29th World Cup Sprint
  • Gus Schumacher, Objective, 29th World Cup Distance
  • Luke Jager, Objective, 39th World Cup Sprint
  • Logan Hanneman, Discretion, 1 WC Sprint Point (30th Dresden Sprint F)
  • Adam Martin, Alternate, 2 SuperTour Distance Wins


  • Alayna Sonnesyn, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Jessie Diggins, Objective, 3rd World Cup Sprint
  • Rosie Brennan, Objective, 6th World Cup Sprint
  • Hailey Swirbul, Objective, 18th World Cup Distance
  • Julia Kern, Objective, 22nd World Cup Sprint
  • Hannah Halvorsen, Objective, 27th World Cup Sprint
  • Sophia Laukli, Discretion, 12 WC Distance Points (19th Davos 10 km F)
  • Novie McCabe, Discretion, 3 WC Distance Points (20th Davos 10 km F)
  • Katharine Ogden, Discretion ,1 WC Distance Point (30th Ruka 2-day Pursuit)
  • Rosie Frankowski, Alternate, 2 SuperTour Distance Wins

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

  • Dakota Blackhorse von Jess, Athlete Rep
  • Ida Sargent, Athlete Rep
  • Cami Thompson-Graves, Sport Committee Chair / College Coach
  • Jeremy Hecker, Senior Club Coach
  • Andy Newell, Senior Club Coach
  • Erik Flora, Senior Club Coach
  • Pepa Miloucheva, Senior Club Coach
  • Pat O’Brien, 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
  • Kate Johnson, USST

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

  • Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep
  • Sophie Goldschmidt, 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 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