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Bjørnstad, Kruuser Rejoin U.S. Cross Country Team Staff

By Tom Horrocks
July, 12 2019
XC Staff

The U.S. Cross Country Team welcomes two familiar faces back to the support staff for the 2019-20 season. Per-Erik Bjørnstad and Karel Kruuser bring a wealth of technical ski preparation knowledge and skill to the team.

“We are very excited to have both these guys come back on with the team,” said U.S. Cross Country Team Head Coach Chris Grover. 

Bjørnstad, who lives in Norway, worked for U.S. Cross Country team during the 2006-07 season. Since then he has been a steady presence on the Norwegian service team, working for some big names, and teaching the younger techs the meaning of the post-World Cup race cool-down ski. 

Kruuser is from Estonia and assisted the U.S. team during the early part of the World Cup last season, specifically providing service for Rosie Brennan (Park City, Utah), and he has experience working with Estonian biathlon, cross country, and most recently with the SAS & TG Hütten Team FIS Marathon Team. 

Bjørnstad and Kruuser will begin working with the team prior to the opening event of the 2019-20 FIS Cross Country World Cup kickoff in Ruka, Finland, Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.