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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,

We are pleased to announce USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 1 (Nov. 24 – Dec. 16, 2018). 

Men

Simi Hamilton, Objective - 40th Overall WC 2017-18, 17th Sprint WC 2017-18

Erik Bjornsen, Objective - 50th Overall WC 2017-18

David Norris, Objective - Overall SuperTour Leader 2017-18

Scott Patterson, Discretion - Distance

Paddy Caldwell, Discretion - Distance

Ben Lustgarten, Discretion - Distance

Adam Martin, Discretion - Distance

Kevin Bolger, Discretion - Sprint

Logan Hanneman, Discretion - Ruka Sprint C only

Ben Saxton, Discretion - Ruka Sprint C only

Women

Jessie Diggins, Objective - 2nd Overall WC 2017-18, 3rd Dist. WC, 6th Sprint WC

Sadie Bjornsen, Objective - 6th Overall WC 2017-18, 10th Dist. WC, 8th Sprint WC

Sophie Caldwell, Objective - 19th Overall WC 2017-18, 3rd Sprint WC

Ida Sargent, Objective - 23rd Sprint WC 2017-18

Kaitlynn Miller, Objective - Overall SuperTour Leader 2017-18

Rosie Brennan, Discretion - Distance and Sprint

Caitlin Patterson, Discretion - Distance

Kelsey Phinney, Discretion - Sprint

Rosie Frankowski, Discretion - Distance alternate

The above discretionary selections were nominated by a 14-person working group that includes 9 of our top club coaches, a U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete representative, and 4 U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself.  The nominations were then approved by a discretionary selection review group comprised of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Program Manager, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport, and an athlete representative who is a member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board.

The newly approved World Cup Selection Criteria is available in the Resources Section.

The discretionary selection process will be repeated for each period of World Cup this coming season, with the next selection for the Tour de Ski (i.e. Period 2) coming on or after Dec. 16, 2018. 

As always, if you have questions or concerns about this process, feel free to contact me directly.

Sincerely,
Chris

Chris Grover
Head Coach, U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

2018-19 World Cup Cross Country Criteria

These criteria were created by a working group that included eight senior club coaches, the Chair of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Committee, a non-active U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Representative, and four of the U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself. 

Here are some of the main ways in which this year’s selection criteria differs from past criteria:

  • We’ve changed the standard by which men advance from one World Cup period to the next from top-30 to top-40 to reflect the greater depth in the men’s WC field.
  • We’ve added SuperTour leaders as guaranteed starts to the Tour de Ski.
  • We’ve added language to the past criteria for selecting a World Cup Finals squad in Quebec City, including:
    • Top-30 individual performance at the Seefeld World Champs (the previous standard was top-25).
    • Created a best 11 of 14 SuperTour results selection to round-out the WC Finals team, to encourage athletes to continue to race in Europe mid-season, rather than feeling the need to attend every SuperTour competition.
  • We’ve created a discretionary selection review group that includes an athlete rep to evaluate and approve our discretionary World Cup nominations.

We are excited about these changes.  We feel these criteria do a better job than ever before of selecting the right athletes to represent the USA in World Cup competition. 

This same working group is also completed updated selection criteria for the 2019 Seefeld World Championships

If you are an athlete or a coach that is impacted by these criteria, and you have any questions or concerns about it, please feel free to contact me directly.  My contact info is below.

Sincerely,
Chris

Chris Grover
Head Coach, U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

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2018-19 World Cup Criteria