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World Championships

Cross Country World Championships Criteria

The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships will be held February 23 through March 7, 2021, in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Oberstdorf is going to be the center of nordic winter sports. During the twelve days, the world champions in ski jumping, cross-country skiing and Nordic combined will be crowned.

For Cross Country World Championships Criteria, please refer to the Resources section.

Dear Cross Country Community,

Dear Cross-Country Community,

Here is a draft of the 2021 Oberstdorf, GER Nordic World Championships selection criterion.  The criterion is adapted from prior World Championships criteria, but includes the following modifications:

  • Anywhere the title “Head Coach” was included in the criterion, it’s been changed to “Cross Country Program Director”, which is my new title.  We don’t currently have anyone on our staff with the title of Head Coach, and we want to ensure there isn’t confusion at selection time.    
  • The discretionary selection review group had been comprised of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard CEO, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport, and an Athlete Representative.  We no longer have a Chief of Sport position within U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and would like the Chair of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Committee to replace the Chief of Sport on the discretionary selection review group.  If the Sport Committee chair feels that he or she has a conflict of interest during the selection process, they may recuse themselves if necessary, and be replaced by the Chair of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Coaches’ Subcommittee.  We feel that having this third voice on the selection committee come from outside the U.S. Ski & Snowboard paid staff provides greater transparency in the discretionary selection process, yet includes someone with intimate knowledge of our sport, and the athletes being considered.    
  • We’ve removed the language referring to a sub-120 FIS World Rank necessary for consideration for team selection.  This was intended to help us select a manageable sized team to the 2022 Games (and try it out in 2021), but the IOC now is in the process of creating a new formula for selecting cross country athletes to the Games which limits team size per nation to 8 men and 8 women maximum.  With this limitation already being placed on our selection, the need for the creating this World Rank threshold becomes unnecessary.  

This draft criterion has been approved by the World Cup Discretionary Selection Working Group and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard XC Sport Committee.  It will likely be finalized next May at U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress, but there is also a chance that the USOPC or U.S. Ski & Snowboard leadership may want to see different language used in parts of the criterion, which would cause the above groups to revisit and re-work the criterion, and eventually vote to approve an updated version.

In the meantime, please take a close look at this criterion, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns that you might have. 

Sincerely, Chris

Chris Grover
(435) 640-8545


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